KS3 Maths



Mathematics is a creative and highly connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The programme of study for Key Stage 3 is organised into units, but pupils should build on key stage 2 and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also be given the opportunity to apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.  

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed each term. In year 7 students will be tested on their basic arithmetic skills in September and then on their reasoning and fluency throughout the year. Year 8 students will be assessed on the content of the units they are studying and on their prior knowledge from year 7. At the end of year 8 students will sit an exam paper that is more of a GCSE style, as preparation for year 9. This enables them to become familiar with the skills and process of sitting the exam later in their school career.

What books will be studied?

All maths books are digital and students have free access to them at www.kerboodle.com. There are 9 books and students are studying particular books depending on their ability.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Students will be required to bring their own mathematical equipment, including a scientific calculator to each lesson. They may not use a mobile phone for this purpose in Mathematics as mobile phones are not allowed in examinations and they need to be familiar with using their own calculator. We recommend the Casio FX-83GT range.

How does this subject prepare students for GCSE option choice in year 9?

As a core subject, all students will be entered for either a Foundation or Higher GCSE exam depending on ability.

What extra-curricular opportunities are available for this subject and what can I do at home to challenge myself?

At school we offer a weekly maths challenge lessons which gives our students a chance to solve abstract problems and compete with other students in the UK at District, County and National level. We also host a chess club every week. A maths catch up session is held in the main school once a week after school, this is open to all students from year 7 to 13, and it can be used for additional support or for stretch and challenge opportunities.

At home students are given a series of challenges they can choose to complete each term. In addition they have access to websites to support their learning, for example: kerboodle, mymaths and tt rockstars.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact: Mr Strzelec piotr.strzelec@biddenham.beds.sch.uk

Subject contact: Mrs Stephenson frances.stephenson@biddenham.beds.sch.uk