At Edmonton County School Key Stage 3 Mathematics is taught over two years. The skills and topics learnt here are crucial to ensuring students are key stage 4 ready. From Year 7 onwards students are grouped in accordance with current progress and attainment – appropriate movement between groups continues until Year 11 to ensure all students reach their true potential.
Head of Key Stage 3 Mathematics:
Ms Loulla Christofi
Students will be given opportunities to develop skills in logical thinking and problem solving. They will study many of the concepts already learnt in more detail as well as many new areas of mathematics. Teachers continue to encourage students to apply structure and methodical workings out to written calculations. The mathematics curriculum is broken into the following topics:
Number including basic manipulation (multiplication, addition, subtraction, division), decimals, fractions, percentages, ratios, indices
Ratio, Proportion & Rates of Change including scale factors, scale diagrams, ratio notation, direct and indirect proportion
Algebra including solving equations, graphs, sequences, functions, simultaneous equations
Shape and Space including 3D shapes, transformation, angle facts
Data Handling including statistical averages, graphical representation, hypothesis testing and surveys
Students are formally assessed approximately every half term as well as an End of Year Exam. Informal assessments are continuously carried out by class teachers by means of questioning, classwork, low stakes testing and 2 weekly homework tasks (one from the main lesson and one reflective task from independent workbooks).