Year 7: Students go through a variety of topics: place value, algebraic expressions, geometry, multiplicative relationships, calculating with fractions and percentages. Students will complete a mixture of short topic assessments every 6 weeks throughout the year of which they should revise for. The content areas are all underpinned by problem solving, which provides a structure for the application of mathematical skills. Mental strategies are also a key part of the number content. This curriculum focuses on principles, patterns, systems, functions and relationships so that students can apply their mathematical knowledge and develop a holistic understanding of the subject.
Year 8: The students cover topics including place value and sequences, algebraic formulae and equations, percentages, ratio, geometry and Data Handling. Students will complete a mixture of short topic assessments every 6 weeks throughout the year of which they should revise for.
Year 9: Students study, to differing degrees, number and algebra, shape and measures, probability and statistics. Students will focus on building and developing the knowledge and skills needed to undertake their GCSEs in Years 10 and 11.
Students’ levels are assessed through a combination of formative and summative tests. Formal assessments are conducted regularly after 2/3 topics to evaluate students understanding of underlying concepts. Several informal assessments are conducted throughout the year including home learning tasks, investigations and in class tasks. The students’ end of year level is a combination of the half term and end term results. By the end of KS3, most students will be working at levels 5 to 7, with some at level 8.