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In Year 7, 8 and 9 students follow a scheme of work, in line with the National Curriculum and will cover content from the topics of Number; Algebra; Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change; Geometry and Measures; and Probability.
Key Stage 3 Maths study club is held every Wednesday 1 – 1.30pm, in E6.
Key Stage 3 study club is the perfect place for students to complete homework, review topics they have found difficult in lessons and access exam practice. The club runs on a drop-in basis in an ICT suite, so students can attend as and when they require some extra support with their Mathematics. The club is supervised by a different, qualified Mathematics teacher each week. Therefore, it is also the perfect opportunity for students to hear explanations from other Mathematics teachers in the department instead of just from their own teacher. This can often be helpful in understanding a topic they find difficult. Since the club is run in an ICT suite, students also have the option of working independently using online resources if they would prefer.
We offer our students opportunities to work beyond the curriculum throughout the year. Students are invited to work through puzzles and challenges, often linked to Universities and businesses.
We invite our top set students to complete the UKMT Maths Challenges each year, with many of our students achieving certificates and some moving on to the next stage of competition.
We also enter a team into the UKMT Team Challenge competition, requiring selected students to work together to solve complex problems. This follows opportunities for students to experience the same style of competition with internal practice challenges between teaching groups.
We encourage students to attend University days to experience the subject in a different light.
Please also see the school’s Whole School Numeracy page to challenge yourself to puzzles outside of lessons.
Students are assessed once every half term (as per the assessment schedule above). The tests cover the same topics each time in order for students (and teachers) to monitor the progress they are making through the curriculum. This means that at the start of the year, students will not have covered all of the topics on the test, but they will by the end of the year. However, independent study (using the websites advertised on our homepage) will help them to access these topics beforehand if they chose to do so. They may also have covered these topics in previous years, and therefore, only require a reminder of how to access those particular questions. The most appropriate form of preparation for these assessments is to attempt the questions from past Key Stage 3 SATs exam papers, as the questioning is of a very similar style. These can be found on the EMaths website (www.emaths.co.uk). Students should ask their maths teacher if they are unsure of which Level of these they should attempt.
Homework should be set once a week (as a minimum). Homework tasks vary. Some will be hand written and others will need to be completed online. Sometimes, a student may have both styles of homework at one time. If your child does not have access to the internet at home, please contact their Mathematics teacher who can print out a paper copy of the work for them. Alternatively, students are advised to use the computers in the LRC or ICT suites during lunchtime or after school. Each homework task should require a minimum of 30 minutes work and a maximum of 1hour of work. If a homework task is not completed by the set deadline then a lunchtime detention will be issued. The student will be expected to complete the homework task during this detention. Please note that most of the teachers in our department utilize Google Classroom to help assign tasks and provide work or further explanation.
Homework is set once per week in Mathematics and, if appropriate, is either marked in class by peer- or self-assessment or marked with comments by the class teacher. Homework forms an important role in consolidating work studied in class and enabling students to understand the mathematical processes involved. Homework is also set on the Mymaths website for which each student is given an individual login by their class teacher – if they lose this login you can contact us to have it sent out to you.
The nrich website has a wide selection of puzzles and challenges along with solutions from students and teachers; you can even submit your own solutions to nrich for them to publish them!
UK Mathematics Trust
You could try some of the problems from the UKMT’s Maths Challenges here – students are given the opportunity to enter these competitions in school.
Contains video demonstrations of all GCSE topics (students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son/daughter’s mathematics teacher).
Students have their own logins; if these are unavailable please contact your son / daughter’s mathematics teacher