In Key Stage 3 students study from the national curriculum, and cover all topic areas; Number, Algebra, Geometry, Statistics and Probability. Our Scheme of Work is designed to build on what they have learnt in KS2.
In Year 7 we also spend the first half term focussing on problem solving techniques to help them understand how to apply their Maths skills. This is supported by the World of Maths Day which runs during the month of November.
All pupils have access to the text books used during school and they also have their own electronic copy available 24 hours a day.
All pupils in Key Stage 3 are “set” in Maths and there are 4 sets. There are 2 sides to the year group timetable, the X and Y half, and the sets are similar in ability.
Pupils in Year 7 are assessed when they start at Newlands. There are two further major assessments in January and May.
Pupils in Year 8 are assessed in December and in June.
Pupils in Year 9 have exams in December and in May.
As part of our KS3 programme all students have formal and informal assessment throughout the year and at the end of each topic.
Pupils who show in aptitude for Maths in Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9 are invited to join our Mathletes programme (which is designed for the Gifted and Talented students). This program runs throughout the year and we meet twice every half term. Pupils are designated into groups from mixed year groups and work together to solve applied challenging problems. The “Mathletes” then present their own solution to fellow students, staff and Senior Leadership.
It is envisaged this programme will further develop with other local girls schools.