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. Mathematics is critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. 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.
Our KS3 curriculum 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.
In their Maths lessons, pupils 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 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. Pupils are taught to develop their mathematical vocabulary and present a mathematical justification, argument or proof making their thinking clear to themselves and to others. We also include weekly skills practice, homework tasks and termly assessments throughout all years. All pupils have at least 7 lessons per fortnight, increasing to 8 lessons by the end of Year 11.
- In Year 7 pupils are initially assessed and using information from their primary schools and placed onto one of two pathways to best suit their transition from Key Stage 2.
- Pupils are regularly assessed both informally and formally. This not only allows us to track pupil progress, but also identify individual areas of weakness then to intervene and consolidate learning before moving on to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are provided with challenges of increased sophistication and demand before introducing any new content.
- All pupils have access to online resources including MyMaths and Mathwatch, which they can use independently to support their leaning and progress.
- A weekly support programme is provided to pupils identified as working below national expectation with a specialist Maths tutor to target individual areas for improvement to help them increase their rate of progress.
- Form time numeracy activities support the curriculum, promote Maths in a wider context and support other subjects with high demands of numeracy such as Science, Computer Science and Geography.
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
Mathematics Enrichment Activities
- 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.
- We organise visits to the Maths Inspiration show and local Master-classes 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 Functional Skills 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 and collaboration skills.
- All pupils at KS3 get an opportunity to work creatively and to think outside of the box solving mathematical puzzles in special Puzzle Workshops with specialist organisations creativity in problem solving.
Rationale for this Curriculum Plan
- It follows the National Curriculum for KS3 as set out by the DfE.
- It enables pupils to make progress from Year 7 through to the end of KS3.
- It enables pupils to develop the necessary skills for success at KS4 and beyond (in education, the workplace or in general life-skills including literacy, numeracy and ICT).
- It takes in to account changes to the 9-1 GCSE – in particular, the extra emphasis placed on ratio and proportion and algebra providing opportunities for additional stretch in these areas.
- Extra time allocated for high order reasoning and problem-solving activities to provide interest, challenge and a practical application.
- It enables pupils to practise basic mathematical skills throughout the year.