Mathematics in Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, candidates build on the skills which they developed in Key Stage 2 and increasingly make connections between different aspects of mathematics. We help our students to work with increasing confidence and flexibility to solve unfamiliar problems, including word problems, and develop a positive attitude towards mathematics…wherever they might encounter it.

Mathematics is divided into four topic areas in Key Stage 3:

Number (Arithmetic)
Algebra (Algebra)
Shape, Space & Measures (Geometry and Measurement)
Data Handling (Managing data on and off the computer)

In terms of course content, students extend their calculating skills to fractions, percentages and decimals. They begin to understand the importance of reasoning about proportion. They start to develop facility in the use of algebraic techniques and symbols. They study linear functions and their corresponding graphs.

Candidates progress from a simple understanding of the features of shape and space to using definitions and reasoning to understand geometrical objects. They undertake practical data handling work, introducing a quantitative approach to probability.

Accelerated Programme

Toward the end of Key Stage 3, in Year 9, we introduce a degree of streaming based on ability. Students who show aptitude in mathematics are directed towards an accelerated course, which prepares them to take the GCSE at the end of Year 10 and the AS at the end of Year 11.

For particularly gifted mathematicians this programme opens the door to A level Further Mathematics in Year 13.