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KS3 Mathematics

KS3 Mathematics at Archway consists of two main components:

  1. National Curriculum
  2. Bespoke, targeted intervention based around areas of development highlighted by testing on entry.

The purpose of KS3 Mathematics is to provide a high- quality education in this vital subject and instil a sense of confidence in pupils that will enable them to progress to the next stage of their learning.

Further, the following outcomes are strived towards:

  • Fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics through frequent practice.
  • The ability to reason mathematically, following a line of enquiry and providing proof.
  • The ability to solve problems by applying mathematical knowledge with increasing sophistication.

Topics that are covered are:

  • Numbers
  • Algebra
  • Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  • Geometry and measures
  • Probability
  • Statistics

At Archway, KS3 consists of years 7 & 8. This is to enable pupils to remain in line with their peers in mainstream settings and ultimately assist them to transfer back in a more seamless fashion. This also reflects the 3 year GCSE program which has been adopted by the schools in Redcar & Cleveland.

For further information: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239058/SECONDARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics.pdf

KS4 Mathematics

At Archway, we follow a 3 year GCSE in Mathematics using the EdExcel exam board. Pupils are assessed once per half term and follow the foundation tier scheme of work (Grades 1-5). This is carefully monitored and, if appropriate, a pupil could be moved onto the higher tier scheme of work (Grades 4-9).

As part of the assessment process, pupils in need of intervention are identified and assigned a short term intervention program as required.

The aims of the GCSE in Mathematics are to enable students to:

  • develop fluent knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts
  • acquire, select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems
  • reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences, and draw conclusions
  • comprehend, interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.

The assessments for Mathematics will now cover the following content headings:

  1. Number
  2. Algebra
  3. Ratio, proportion and rates of change
  4. Geometry and measures
  5. Probability
  6. Statistics

Each student is permitted to take assessments in either the Foundation tier or Higher tier with three 1hr30min equally-weighted written examination papers (1 non-calculator and 2 calculator), which will be taken at the end of year 11.

The qualification will be graded and certificated on a nine-grade scale from 9 to 1 using the total mark across all three papers where 9 is the highest grade.

Foundation tier: grades 1 to 5.

Higher tier: grades 4 to 9 (grade 3 allowed).

For more information: https://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/mathematics/2015/specification-and-sample-assesment/gcse-maths-2015-specification.pdf

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