Welcome to the Maths department here at RSA. The aim of our Key Stage 3 years are to promote exploration of the key mathematical concepts that will stand students in good stead for their futures.

In maths lessons at Key Stage 3, students will follow a Mastery curriculum, spending a whole half term on each topic area. This allows students to really explore and dig deep into the Maths that they are learning and establish links between topics as they build their understanding through the years.

In Years 7 and 8, the topics covered are:

Year 7

  • Integers
  • Place Value
  • Expressions
  • Fractions
  • 2D Shapes
  • Probability and Venn Diagrams

Year 8

  • Percentages
  • Linear Sequences, Equations and Graphs
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Angles
  • 3D Solids
  • Statistics

When students arrive in Year 7, they will be taught in mixed ability tutor groups for the first whole term until after the first Common Assessment. Once results are collated, students will be placed into groups of similar ability students.

Students will complete Common Assessments three times per year and group changes are fluid dependent on the results of those assessments.

In Years 7 and 8, students will receive homework every week with the majority of worksheets split into Warm up, Workout, Exercise and Stretch sections. These will focus on work covered in class on the current topic being studied.

The highest ability students in each year group will be selected to take part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, a national competition combining mathematical ability with logical problem solving. Students who perform particularly well at this challenge could then be invited to take part in follow on rounds.