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Key Stage 3:

At Darrick Wood School the pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 follow a course of study which follows the Mathematics Strand of the Key Stage 3 National Strategy. This builds on the achievements and experiences of the primary curriculum and allows pupils to enjoy a smooth transition from primary to secondary school Mathematics.

Pupils are taught in sets based on their ability. This allows teachers to personalise their individual learning needs and ensures that they have a clear pathway through the curriculum. Learning is supported by using the Framework Maths textbooks. Lessons are differentiated to match different learning styles and teachers are aware of any Special Education Needs of pupils within their classes.

Assessment in Key Stage 3 consists of a weekly comment in pupil’s exercise book, half termly tests, and a summer examination graded by National Curriculum Level. Assessment criteria are shared with pupils.

What do pupils learn in KS3?

Key Stage 4:

In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow the EDEXCEL GCSE Mathematics linear specification. A selection of texts are used, these include new GCSE 2010 Higher and Foundation texts. Pupils are set according to their ability, progress in Years 7, 8 & 9 and their end of Key Stage 3 test results. The more able pupils will also have an opportunity to take a FSMQ in Additional Mathematics.

Sixth Form:

Students study for Mathematics at AS and A2 Level. Very able mathematicians also have the opportunity to study Further Mathematics.

The specification we follow is AQA Mathematics, which comprises of six modules. Three modules are studied in Year 12 and a further three in Year 13. The course includes Pure Mathematics, Statistics and Mechanics.

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