Mathematics at KS3
Students in Year 7 & Year 8 are primarily taught in mixed-ability groups. Students are seated in groups of 4, which are also of a mixed-ability. It is widely known that children develop at different rates and this is especially true when it comes to a child changing from a Primary school environment to a Secondary school one. Allowing students to work together and share their learning and experiences helps to remove any stigma of being poor at Maths and the peer support is vital in allowing the students to develop their Mathematical language. Students follow a curriculum, which builds over the 2 years, leading into being placed in one of two tiered levels during Year 9, the commencement of Key Stage 4. Teaching styles will vary throughout this period and students are encouraged to explore different ways of interpreting their Mathematical understanding. Assessment of students’ progress is made approximately every half term.
With the changes that have been made to the Mathematics curriculum, which affects both Primary and Secondary at the same time, we will use the analysis of the assessments as an indicator of the intervention that will be provided for students , as appropriate. While some students in Year 7 may feel that they are being re-taught topics that were covered in Primary school, not all Primary schools have covered all the topics that have been brought down into the Primary curriculum and to the depth of understanding required. For these reasons, these students need to ensure that they have the depth of knowledge that their class teacher will require them to demonstrate.
Students in Year 7 & 8 are signed up for the TT Rockstars challenge. This requires them to practise their timetables. During form time they do the multiplication sheet and during their Maths lesson they do the division sheet. Students are also expected to engage at home through the online arena. After each half term the progress is analyses and tutor groups find out who the best in their group is and who has made the biggest improvement. By the end of the academic year the best in each tutor group will play against each other in a final showdown, to identify who is the TT Rockstar “Rock God”.