Key Stage 3 overview
In years 7, 8 and 9, pupils in mixed attainment classes follow a broad and balanced Mathematics curriculum that provides them with the knowledge, key skills and problem solving experience needed for success at GCSE.
Topics studied include:
- Analysing and Displaying Data
- Expressions, Functions and Formulae
- Decimals and Measures
- Calculating with Fractions
- Ratio and proportion
- Sequences and graphs
- Area and Volume
Outside of the curriculum, UK Maths Trust competitions are used to stretch the highest attaining pupils. Times Tables Rock Stars is also integrated into the Key Stage 3 curriculum to ensure that students develop rapid recall of the multiplication facts, a cornerstone of being mathematically literate.
Key Stage 4 overview
Pupils follow a 2-year GCSE curriculum which is designed to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve their full potential in their GCSEs and to be functionally numerate throughout their lives. At the end of KS4, pupils will sit the Edexcel 9-1 Mathematics GCSE. A copy of the specification is available to download from the Edexcel website.
Maths intervention and revision is held for Y11 pupils on Tuesday to Thursday evenings from 3:15pm to 4pm. Full details of staff and topics can be found on the school website as this is dependent upon student need.
Qualification assessment overview
During Key Stage 3 and 4, pupils will complete a short assessment every 3 weeks, these are end of topic tests that check what the students can recall and what they need extra practice on. Twice per year the students in each year group will complete whole year assessments that checks their knowledge of all of the maths they have leaned until that point. These are used to track progress and tailor any necessary intervention for pupils.
The final exam of Year 11 is the GCSE, it is a three paper terminal exam that has one non-calculator and two calculator papers. The three totals are added together to create an overall score which determines the grade achieved in the subject. Each paper is 1 hour and 30 minutes, and candidates must complete all three to achieve the best possible grade. There are two tiers of entry, foundation on which a student can achieve between a grade 1 and a grade 5 and higher on which a student can achieve a grade 4 to a grade 9. A grade 4 is considered a pass and a grade 5 is a good pass, grade 7 is roughly equivalent to an old grade A and a grade 9 is awarded the top 3% of students nationally on the higher paper
The timetable for whole year assessments can be found here
How can parents support their child at Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Mathematics?
- Please encourage your child to attend Maths revision on the relevant day.
- Other free websites for material to support your child are: Hegarty Maths, Corbett Maths and Mr Barton Maths.