Key Stage 3 Mathematics
Have you ever fancied being the next Fibonacci, Sir Isaac Newton or even Albert Einstein?
Here at Caedmon College Whitby we help you to develop your knowledge, skills and understanding encouraging a holistic view of mathematics.
At Key Stage 3 students in Year 7 and 8 study twelve units throughout each year.
Under the new Scheme of Learning there are now six strands to be covered:
Algebra; Geometry and Measures; Number; Probability; Ratio, Proportion and Rate of Change and also Statistics.
Students are encouraged to develop their understanding and spellings of key words through research and discussion.
For students in Year 7 and 8 there are assessments at the end of each half term on the two topics covered.
The assessment at the end of the summer term is classed as the end of year exam.
Students are set homework on a regular basis and these may include written tasks, research tasks or tasks set on ‘Mymaths’. Students will then receive feedback on this and will be expected to make any corrections or complete a challenge task.
At the Scoresby site catch-up and intervention sessions are held on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday lunchtime.
Students are also invited to participate in the UKMT Maths Challenges and the National Cipher Challenge.
For further information
Please contact Miss Wilson – firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of KS3 Mathematics) for further information.
ICT is now an integral part of the Maths curriculum. The Maths department uses ICT both in assisting learning, by means of interactive whiteboards and mathematical programmes, and in increasing the students’ capability in ICT in topics such as spreadsheets. The department also subscribes to the My Maths website and the maths-net website for A-level.
The programme of study is flexible enough to allow all students, including those with special needs, to progress at their own rate through the levels of the National Curriculum and build on the progress already made at primary school. Some will be encouraged to pursue harder and more demanding work, whilst others will benefit from work which will enable them to consolidate a particular skill.
With this in mind, Mathematics at the College consists of various activities to help all students achieve the next level in each attainment target.
The lessons consist of more traditional approaches along with group work, practical work, investigational work and individual study. A full range of stimuli – including computers, videos and the students’ own initiative is used within the mathematics lesson to increase motivation. Students learn how to use a calculator effectively but the ability to do mental arithmetic is also considered very important.
Assessment is ongoing and may be of a written, oral, practical or investigational nature. All provide valuable learning experiences for the student and provide the teacher with informative and reliable details of the students’ progress. These details are then used to plan further work.
Some more able students are given the opportunity to take part in the Mathematics Challenge, which can lead to involvement in the International Mathematics Challenge. The Mathematics Challenge is all about problem solving and students’ results in this very popular event have consistently been of a high standard.
Mathematics is a subject that can be hard work and very demanding, but at the College we aim to make it rewarding and enjoyable for all.
At Key Stage 4 we are lucky enough to see you for an extra period a week to make sure we can prepare you for the new GCSE exam.
Why study Maths?
Maths is a compulsory subject in schools but it is also a very useful one. You will do maths in lots of your other lessons without even realising it! We regularly see maths in science, geography, art, even English.
What you will study
The course is in four parts
- data handling.
How you will be assessed
You will have three exams at the end of Year 11. One of them is non calculator.
Where can the subject lead?
Most courses and careers expect a good pass in maths and we will help you get that.
“When I finish the work the teacher always has some extension work for us to do on Google classroom.”
“I come to maths every Tuesday after school. It’s really helpful.”