Key Stage 3 is taught in groups based on ability.
They begin their Key Stage 4 programme of study in the Summer term prior to Year 10.
Lessons provide opportunities for boys to work on their mathematical knowledge and skills, with three broad foci:
Number and Algebra Geometry and Measures Statistics
As mathematics becomes more functional, we are also providing opportunities through our Key Stage 3 curriculum for the development of key skills such as:
CompetenceCreativityCritical understandingAnalysing and problem-solvingInterpreting and evaluatingCommunicating and reflectingApplying mathematics and understanding the implications of it in reality
We run a range of intervention groups to support the development of numeracy and mathematical skills. This could include small group work or one-to-one tuition.
For our more able mathematicians, we enjoy presenting them with a good challenge! This includes the UK Mathematics Challenge and Able and Talented workshops in conjunction with Portsmouth University and Portsmouth College.
There are also many exciting enrichment activities taking place both during lessons and outside of lessons.
Boys worked in groups to investigate what would be the ideal smoothie to introduce to the market. They designed surveys and then gathered data which they represented through charts and diagrams as well as giving written interpretations of their results. The groups then used their information to decide on flavours for their smoothie and calculated the nutritional content for their chosen recipe. Following this, boys investigated how to package their product by looking at a variety of nets and constructing a 3D package that not only looked attractive enough to be bought but would also hold the correct volume of smoothie.
World Maths Day
March sees us celebrating World Maths Day by logging on to the World Wide Web and competing against students from other countries in mathematical games.
How many boys does it take to launch a rocket into space?
Using ‘stomp’ rockets, boys lauched foam projectiles and videoed them as they travelled through the air. Boys then imported their files onto PCs and used ‘Tracker’ software to plot a path of motion. Using knowledge of mass and gravity, speed formulae and substitution skills, they calculated how many boys it would take to launch a rocket into space.
International Pi Day
We celebrated on 14th March (03.14 in the American format!) with activities such as ‘squaring the circle’ and ‘discovering pi’.