KS3 Description of the key skills, knowledge and understanding that are a prime focus of KS3 teaching in the subject area
Throughout KS3 (Years 7 & 8) students build upon their prior knowledge but are gradually introduced to new and more challenging areas of mathematics. All students follow core units (differentiated by ability) based upon: number; algebra; probability; statistics; geometry and measures; and ratio, proportion and rates of change.
The aims of our curriculum at KS3 broadly follow the aims of the new national curriculum for mathematics. In all of the units taught our curriculum aims to ensure that all of our students:
– become fluent in the basics of mathematics through “intelligent practice”. That the questions asked of students become more complex over time, that common misconceptions are explored by students within lessons and that students are being challenged in their own learning.
– can reason mathematically by using learnt skills in new or more demanding contexts. Students should be able to visualise and verbalise their thinking within mathematics.
– can solve problems by applying their mathematical skills to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. We want our students to show determination and resilience in solving such mathematical problems.
– can explain areas for development in their mathematical understanding. Our students should be familiar with what it is that they can do in each topic area and what it is they cannot do yet.