Key Stage 3 Maths
Throughout KS3 students develop their mathematical skills in preparation for the GCSE in either Y10 or Y11.
Students have four lessons per week and cover a range of topics from Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, and Statistics. In addition, they look at ‘Real life’ maths through functional skills and problem solving.
Examples of topics, in each of the areas, is given below.
YEAR 7 + 8
NUMBER: Reading and writing numbers, the four operations, Fractions, Money
ALGEBRA: The language of algebra, Coordinates, Writing in algebra, simplifying
GEOMETRY and MEASURE: 2D and 3D shapes, Time, Angles, Perimeter
STATISTICS: Types of data, Collecting data, Presenting data
NUMBER: BIDMAS, Percentages
ALGEBRA: Sequences, Substitution
GEOMETRY and MEASURE: Transformations, Area
STATISTICS: Averages, Probability
Key Stage 4 Maths
At KS4 students follow the AQA Mathematics syllabus (8300). They cover a range of topics from Number, Algebra, Geometry and Measure, and Statistics.
Students have four lessons per week in Y10, increasing to five lessons in Y11.
All students work towards the GCSE at Foundation level. However, some students will be offered early entry at Foundation Level GCSE in Y10. If successful, they will study Higher Level material in the following year, with a further Higher Level GCSE entry.
A further option, on offer in Y11, is Entry Level Certificate.
NUMBER: Ratio, Proportion
ALGEBRA: Powers, solving equations
GEOMETRY and MEASURE: Travel graphs, circle formulae
STATISTICS: Pie charts, Frequency tables