Key Stage Three


At Key Stage Three all students will follow the mathematics KS3 national curriculum. The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:


  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.


Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programme of study for Key Stage Three is organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should build on Key Stage Two and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.


Decisions about progression should be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content in preparation for Key Stage Four. Those who are not sufficiently fluent should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.



Keystage 4 (GCSE Maths)


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.


This OCR GCSE in Mathematics A qualification requires students to:
• Develop knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including:
– Number
– Algebra
– Geometry
– Measures
– Statistics
– Probability


• Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts

• Apply the functional elements of mathematics in everyday and real-life situations


This OCR GCSE in Mathematics A gives students the opportunity to develop the ability to:

• Acquire and use problem-solving strategies

• Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations

• Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions

• Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.


All students will follow a linear maths course with exams in Year 11. Students will sit either a higher or foundation level paper as appropriate. There is no coursework in mathematics. The GCSE course will provide a strong foundation for further academic and vocational study and for employment, to give students the appropriate mathematical skills, knowledge and understanding to help them progress to a full range of courses in further and higher education.

Useful Links:​

  • SATs papers and answers

  • BBC site for all subjects

  • Mathematical problems

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  • A selection of mathematical activities