Maths: Key Stage 3

Introduction:

Mathematics is a universal part of life and plays a vital role in many aspects of modern society. Mathematics at KS3 builds on the content, knowledge and skills developed at Primary School.  The KS3 Mathematics course at Wright Robinson College is designed to develop students’ confidence, analytical, research and problem solving skills, which supports students for progression to KS4.

An emphasis on numeracy is developed during Years 7 and 8.

There are 10 units, which develop the skills in four main subject areas: Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics. The 10 unit titles are:

Number 1 – Written Methods

Number 2 – Fractions, Decimals and Percentages

Number 3 – Ratio and Proportion

Algebra 1 – Expressions and Formulae

Algebra 2 – Solving Equations

Algebra 3 – Coordinates and Graphs

Statistics 1 – Charts and Averages

Statistics 2 – Probability

Geometry 1 – Volume, Area and Perimeter

Geometry 2 – Angles, Constructions and Transformations

Students will develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, learn to apply mathematical techniques to solve problems, and interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms.

Assessment:

Students take topic tests at the end of each unit, which give a robust way of tracking pupil progress. These take place approximately every 3 to 4 weeks. Students also take a formal assessment at the end of each term, and this also gives an accurate way to track students’ progress.

Personal Attributes required:

Students in Mathematics should be able to:

  • accurately recall facts, keywords and definitions
  • break down problems into a series of mathematical processes
  • accurately carry out routine procedures or complete tasks requiring multi-step solutions
  • make and use connections between different parts of mathematics
  • interpret results in the context of the given problem

Future Career Plans:

Mathematics is a key qualification for the majority of work places and higher education courses.  Our curriculum is designed to allow students to develop a range of transferable skills to enable them to respond with confidence to the demands of further study and the world of work.

Homework Expectations:

On average 30 minutes to 1 hour of written work per week for all students.

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