Maths

KS3 Maths

 

Introduction

At Wye School, we follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. We teach our pupils to be confident problem solvers with a good foundation in number work. This aids their progression to GCSE by creating strong mathematical and logical foundations and building these up with algebra, statistics and geometry. We follow the United Learning Maths Mastery style curriculum which has embedded deep questioning and problem solving activities.

We assess our pupils regularly at the end of each of our six terms with United Learning assessments. Our pupils get a percentage for each KPI (topic) they have studied up to that point in the year which gives pupils the opportunity to improve on each topic each half term. These KPIs also help teachers, pupils and parents to understand exactly which topic pupils need extra support in to help every child reach their potential.  

To enrich the learning of our most able students, we create an environment with open ended stimulating problems. For our lower ability pupils, we incorporate a stronger focus on core number skills to ensure a fundamental understanding before moving on. All of our year 7 and 8 pupils have a Times Tables Rockstar account (https://ttrockstars.com/) to ensure they are supported with their times tables at home and at school.

Enrichment opportunities for Mathematics at Wye include a chance to sit the UK Maths Challenge (https://www.ukmt.org.uk), a gifted and talented trip to the University of Kent, Maths club with a focus on puzzles, paper craft and nets club, Maths relay and G+T Saturday lectures at the University of Kent for our year 9 students.

 

 

Year 7

The beginning of year 7 particularly focuses on core number work to ensure our pupils are confident with this core foundation in mathematics. By the end of year 7 pupils will have studied calculations, geometry, fractions, basic algebra and percentages. Our Independent Learning Projects aim to give pupils knowledge of mathematics as a subject, and not just mathematical methods.

Parents and Carers can support their children by practicing times tables and using mental maths in everyday life situations such as baking, reading train timetables or working out change. Pupils revise regularly for their termly tests, and parents can aid this by supporting their child with revision techniques. Useful websites for revision include; ttrockstars, Hegarty Maths and BBC Bitesize.

 

 

Year 8

In year 8, we expand upon previous understanding of our year 7s with more practice of number, algebra, geometry and statistics. Pupils also start learning about proportional reasoning and its uses in real-life situations. The independent learning projects in year 8 ask pupils to complete extended investigations into world statistics and 3D product design (tennis ball packaging).

Parents and Carers can again support their children by practicing times tables and using mental maths in everyday life situations such as baking, reading train timetables or working out change. Pupils revise regularly for their termly tests, and parents can aid this by supporting their child with revision techniques. Useful websites for revision include; ttrockstars, Hegarty Maths and BBC Bitesize.

 

 

Year 9

In year 9, pupils are extending their knowledge for year 7 and 8 even further and preparing for the start of their GCSE. Pupils study a range of topics with a strong emphasis on algebraic reasoning. Instead of an extended investigation for their Independent Learning Project, pupils receive 20 homework questions a week over two terms.

Parents and Carers can again support their children by using mental maths in everyday life situations such as working out change and budgets and helping to plan excursions and holidays. Pupils revise regularly for their termly tests, and parents can aid this by supporting their child with revision techniques. Useful websites for revision include Hegarty Maths and BBC Bitesize.

 

For more information about the Mathematics curriculum, please contact Miss R Burden - Rachael.burden@wyeschool.org.uk

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