Key Stage 3 -Numeracy

What will I learn in this subject?

In KS3, all lessons follow the National Numeracy Strategy which secures and builds on students’ achievements and skills gained at KS2.  Enrichment tasks have been embedded into the KS3 curriculum to enable students apply Mathematics to real life situations (Functional Mathematics).

What skills and themes are covered?

The following areas are covered during the Key Stage both in Numeracy lessons and across the curriculum:

  • Number
  • Algebra
  • Shapes, Space and Measure
  • Data Handling

How is it assessed?

Students are formally assessed twice every half term.  Different assessment styles such as peer assessment, self assessment and teacher assessments are used to track the progress of students.  Intervention sessions are then arranged to assist students who do not make the right progress.

Where does this take me?

The KS3 Mathematics curriculum is planned to help prepare students for GCSE Maths and GCSE Statistics. It also helps to develop the basic skills necessary to enable them go onto various career paths including apprenticeships or to study Maths at KS5.  A Level Maths is currently offered at Northfleet Technology College alongside the International Baccalaureate.

Key Stage 4 – GCSE Mathematics (A Linear)

What will I learn on this course?

Our new linear specification is an engaging way to teach students who respond well to a holistic approach to learning Mathematics. The following table shows the overreaching topics you will cover on this course:

PaperAreas of contentWeightingMethod of assessment
 1Handling Data, Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measures50%External
2Handling Data, Number & Algebra, Geometry & Measures50%External

What’s good about this approach?

This qualification in Mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, Mathematics and to recognise the importance of Mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.

How is this qualification taught and assessed?

  • Two written papers: each contributes 50% of the final grade
  • Tiered papers:
    • Foundation Tier grades C-G available
    • Higher Tier grades A*-D available (E allowed)
  • The functional elements of Mathematics are assessed on each paper:
    • 30-40% of the Foundation Tier papers
    • 20-30% of the Higher Tier papers.

What qualification will I achieve?

A GCSE in Mathematics

Where will this qualification take me?

This GCSE in Mathematics provides progression to Level 3 qualifications in numerate disciplines, such as:

  • GCE Mathematics
  • GCE Further Mathematics
  • GCEs in the Science subjects
  • GCE Geography
  • other qualifications which require mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding.

This qualification also supports further training and employment where mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding are desirable.

How can I find out more?

Speak to your Mathematics teacher.