Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Boys study mathematics in their form group during years 7 and 8 and therefore are typically in a class of 32. From Year 9 they are set, with class sizes of around 24, though their performance is monitored very closely before re-setting for GCSE at the beginning of year 10.  

Curriculum  

During years 7-9 the department follows the requirements of the National Curriculum in preparation for learning the new GCSE specifications and provides a curriculum to challenge and enthuse boys in their learning of Mathematics. Boys should expect to receive around 30 minutes' homework twice a week. During years 7 and 9, mathematics is studied for four periods each week. During year 8, there is an extra period to allow for more use of ICT, including the use of iPads.  

Year 7

Mathematics follows the 'Key Stage 3 National Curriculum’ and aims to promote continuity and progression between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 by building on pupils' achievements in Primary School.   It is taught through teacher-led and pupil-centred activities making use of the 'New Mathematics Frameworking' resources and the 'MyMaths' website, as well as a number of other challenges, puzzles and websites.  Progress is tracked through a series of assessments.  Generally, pupils are working at National Curriculum levels 5 and 6.

Year 8

Mathematics follows the ‘Key Stage 3 National Curriculum’ and aims to promote continuity and progression between Year 7 and 8 Mathematics by building on pupils’ achievements in Year 7.  It is taught through teacher-led and pupil-centred activities making use of resources on their iPads the ‘New Mathematics Frameworking’ resources and the ‘MyMaths’ website, as well as a number of other challenges, puzzles and websites.  Progress is tracked through a series of assessments.  Generally, pupils are working at National Curriculum Levels 6 and 7 and beyond.

Year 9

Mathematics aims to promote continuity and progression between Years 8 and 9 by building upon pupils’ achievements in Year 8. It is taught through teacher-led and pupil-centred activities making use of a variety of resources. Progress is tracked through a series of assessments together with an End of Key Stage examination in May. In the Summer term the pupils will encounter GCSE Higher level topics and will be tested on these in the End of Year examination.

Assessment  

Boys are tested regularly, and at their teacher's discretion, in order to allow us to monitor their progress. There are no longer national end-of-key-stage tests (SATs) but we use equivalent tests at the end of year 9 to give an indication of students' progress.  

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