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Curriculum: Maths Key Stage 3

The focus of Years 7, 8 & 9 is to enable students to improve their problem solving skills through a range of tasks which promote independent learning. Students consolidate their number skills by focusing on mental and written methods of calculation, fractions, decimals and percentages. Algebra is introduced using an investigatory approach to underpin the core techniques and then advanced to more difficult concepts. 

Students also continue to develop their knowledge of geometry and measures. In statistics, students are encouraged to develop their comparison skills by undertaking their own projects. Grouped and paired activities are provided to promote discussion and peer learning. Students are encouraged to communicate their findings orally and in writing using correct notation and mathematical terminology.

Mathematical thinking is promoted and students learn to work in a systematic and logical way, appreciating the power and beauty of mathematics along the way.

In line with the school’s Key Stage 3 assessment 'life after levels' system, students are assigned to one of three baselines; Foundation, Intermediate and Higher.  The following topics are covered in this order throughout the course of the year:






Year 7   

Analysing and displaying data; Calculating; Expressions, Functions and Formulae; Graphs; Factors & Multiples; Decimals & Measures; Angles and lines; Measuring and shapes; Fractions, decimals & percentages; Transformations.

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Analysing and displaying data; Number skills; Expressions, functions and formulae; Decimals & Measures; Fractions; Probability; Ratio & Proportion; Lines & Angles; Sequences & Graphs; Transformations

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Analysing and displaying data; Number skills; Expressions, Functions & Formulae; Fractions; Angles & Shapes; Decimals; Equations; Multiplicative reasoning; Perimeter, Area & Volume; Sequences & Graphs

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Year 8

Number properties & Calculations; Shapes & Measures in 3D; Statistics; Expressions & Equations; Decimal calculations; Angles; Number properties; Sequences; Fractions & Percentages; Probability.

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Number; Area & Volume; Statistics, Graphs & Charts; Expressions & Equations; Real life graphs; Decimals & Ratio; Lines & Angles; Calculating with fractions; Straight line graphs; Percentages, Decimals & Fractions.

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Factors & Powers; Working with Powers; 2D Shapes & 3D Solids; Real-life Graphs; Transformations; Fractions, Decimals & Percentages; Construction & Loci; Probability; Scale Drawing & Measures; Graphs.

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Year 9

Number calculations; Sequences & Equations; Statistics; Fractions, Decimals & Percentages; Geometry in 26 & 3D; Algebraic & Real life graphs; Multiplicative reasoning; Algebraic & Geometric Formulae; Probability; Polygons & Transformations.

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Indices & Standard form; Expressions & Formulae; Dealing with data; Multiplicative reasoning; Constructions; Equations, Inequalities & Proportionality; Circles, Pythagoras & Prisms; Sequences & Graphs; Probability; Comparing Shapes.

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Powers & Roots; Quadratics; Inequalities, Equations & Formulae; Collecting & analysing data; Multiplicative Reasoning; Non-linear graphs; Accuracy & Measures; Graphical solutions; Trigonometry; Mathematical reasoning

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A curriculum overview calendar for Mathematics is available here:

For further details of the objectives covered in each of the above schemes of work, please click on the links.

If you have any further questions please contact:

Mr A Gell - Deputy Team Leader - Mathematics 

Mrs L Fox - Deputy Team Leader - Mathematics

Mr D Moulder - Team Leader - Mathematics 









Richard Lander School