Mathematics at KS3
Turves Green Girls' School Mathematics Department believes that the study of mathematics is an essential tool for pupils to succeed in the real world. Our aim is to encourage all of our pupils to be engaged in their learning through a curriculum designed to provide them with the functional and problem solving skills that will help them in their future lives and give them access to the widest range of careers.
In their Maths lessons, pupils will learn about new and challenging mathematical concepts and develop their skills in the key areas of Number, Algebra, Ratio and Proportion, Geometry, Measures, Statistics and Probability. Teachers will plan activities so that pupils have plenty of time to develop their fluency in these skills and also give them tasks that involve them in logical reasoning and solving problems in different contexts. We also include weekly skills practice, homework tasks and termly assessments throughout all years.
- Pupils are regularly assessed both informally and formally. This not only allows us to track pupil progress but also identify individual areas of weakness and provides opportunities to consolidate learning before moving on to the next stage.
- All pupils have access to online resources including Mymaths and Mathswatch, which they can use independently to support their leaning and progress.
- A weekly support programme is provided to pupils identified as working below Level 4. A tutor works with small groups to target individual areas for improvement to help them increase their rate of progress.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS - Edexcel Maths Awards
All pupils at some stage in Key stages 3 and 4 study for one or more of the Edexcel Maths Awards. The qualifications can be taken in:
- Number and Measures (Levels 1 & 2) - years 8, 9 & 10
- Statistical Measures (Level 1) - year 10
- Algebra (Level 2) - years 9 & 10
- Our most able pupils in all year groups take part in the annual UK Mathematical Challenge competition which gives them opportunity to test their skills against pupils in other schools across the country.
- The department organises visits to the Maths Inspiration show and local Masterclasses offered by institutions such as Birmingham and Aston Universities to promote Mathematics beyond GCSE and possible career opportunities to pupils.
- Each Key Stage 3 year group takes part in a Maths Day. Pupils spend a day working on themed activities in small groups. The activities are designed to promote maths in the real world and develop pupils’ problem-solving skills.
Our KS3 scheme of work meets the requirements of the National Curriculum as set out by the DfE (September 2014). It enables pupils to develop the necessary knowledge and skills for success at KS4 and beyond in education, the workplace or in general life-skills.