Key Stage 3 Maths
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
“The essence of maths is not to make simple things complicated, but to make complicated things simple.” S. GUDDER
At Key Stage 3 students study a variety of modules, consolidating basic topics in numeracy, data handling, probability, number patterns, algebra and graphs. Throughout the mathematics content, pupils will be taught to develop fluency, reason mathematically & solve problems. In Year 7 and 8 the students follow the White Rose Maths Hub Mastery scheme of work. This is an approach to teaching mathematics based on the very successful methods used in Singapore and Shanghai. It involves delving deeply into the conceptual understanding of mathematics before moving onto the more challenging applications. This method means that students develop a secure grasp of the key ideas and can tackle the more complex problem-solving questions with confidence. It also aligns us with our Multi-Academy Trust partner primary schools who are also following this teaching method. This will lead to a much more coherent and consistent mathematics experience for our pupils.
Students are assessed at the beginning and end of each block of work, meaning that progress can be closely monitored. As a result, we can address any difficulties quickly and effectively and can also celebrate successes on a regular basis.
Ways to help my child succeed
Ensure your child has access to a revision guide and access to the internet. Discuss their weekly homework with them and maybe ask them to teach you what they’ve learned that week. Remind your child that the only way to revise maths is to practise maths.