Key Stage 3 - Year 7 - 9
At KS3 students build upon the knowledge they have learnt in primary school building on their mathematical abilities in the areas of Number, Algebra, Geometry, Measures, Probability and Statistics.
The year 7 curriculum aims at focusing on individual mathematical needs to students, allowing them to identify their areas of weakness and develop these in order that students of all abilities have an opportunity to make progress.
We do not teach by year, we teach by ability. Year 8 and Year 9 study 23 topic areas on a rotational basis. Both year groups study the same topic area each week but the lessons target the skills at the appropriate level of the students to ensure progression.
Key Stage 4 - Years 10 & 11
At KS4 students build upon the knowledge they have gained in KS3 and work towards their GCSE with the Edexcel Exam Board. This is externally assessed by two written papers (one non calculator and one calculator) at the end of year 11. More information about the course can be found at:
The Programme of Work consists of 14 topic areas which are taught on a rotational basis. They cover the same topic areas as KS3, but in greater depth. The lessons target the skills at the appropriate grade of the students to ensure progression. In addition to knowledge recall students will also experience teaching and questions that are set in a context, involve multi-stage problem solving and contain elements of functional (real life) skills.
We have a department ethos of not just achieving good results, but developing the overall mathematical ability of all students.
Masterclasses and the UKMT Maths Challenge
We offer our most able mathematicians the opportunity to take part in the Maths Masterclasses run in years 7, 8, 9 and 10. We also take part in the UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, Intermediate Maths Challenge and the Team Maths Challenge.
More information about this can be found at: http://www.mathcomp.leeds.ac.uk/
The department run themed weeks/days linking maths to other curriculum areas. These include Cash in the Mathemattic (Maths and finance) and Mathletics (Maths and sport)