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Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust

Key Stage 3 Mathematics

Throughout Key Stage 3, students will be encouraged to develop and retain their mathematical knowledge through a variety of topics and activities.  The six pillars of learning underpin all maths lessons to ensure there is consistency across the curriculum and ensure all students maximise their learning capabilities.

We actively liaise with our feeder primary schools to ensure the transition to secondary school is done smoothly and we build on Key Stage 2 mastery approach to the curriculum.  This particularly focuses on connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.  They will undertake investigative work regularly for which they will need to represent, analyse, interpret, evaluate, communicate and reflect, in line with the new Key Stage 3 Mathematics curriculum.

A numeracy mental/oral session will be incorporated into most lessons at Key Stage 3, building on the work done in primary schools during the Numeracy lessons.  Multiplicative methods are strongly encouraged and students are encouraged to develop efficient methods of mental calculation and will practice verbalising methods to the class.  This is essential for developing the skills required for the new GCSE syllabus.

Through the mathematics content, students should be taught to:

·         Develop fluency

·         Reason mathematically

·         Solve problems

Within this framework we aim to stimulate students’ interest and their enjoyment in the subject.

Course content

Across the three years of Key Stage 3, students will study the main content strands of Mathematics: Number, Algebra, Ratio, Proportion and Rates of Change, Geometry and Measures, Probability and Statistics, in order to prepare them fully to begin their GCSE course in Year 9.  The course content for each year includes the following structure.

Main Topics covered in Year 7

The unit structure has the same in-built differentiation as the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Mathematics course, providing a consistent teaching and learning experience from age 11 to 16:


Autumn Term:  

First Half           Analysing & Displaying Data.  Number Skills.

Second Half      Expressions, Functions & Formulae.  Decimals & Measures.


Spring Term:     

First Half           Fractions.  Probability.

Second Half      Ratio & Proportion.


Summer Term:

First Half          Lines & Angles.  Sequences & Graphs.

Second Half     Transformations.