Mathematics contributes to the school curriculum by developing pupils’ abilities to calculate; to reason logically, algebraically, and geometrically; to solve problems and to handle data. Mathematics is important for pupils in many other areas of study, particularly Science and Technology. It is also important in everyday living, in many forms of employment, and in most decision-making situations.  

The curriculum at Key Stage 3 is designed to build on the foundations established at primary school and begin to introduce pupils to a more complex level of Mathematics which will best prepare them for Key Stage 4.

Whilst studying Mathematics at Withernsea High School we want students to:

• Have a positive experience of learning Mathematics.

• Show continuous progression and improvement.

• Achieve their full potential.

We aim to achieve this by:

• Developing good teacher/pupil relationships

• Creating a supportive, controlled, learning environment.

• Reviewing our own methods and materials.


What will I learn?

Years 7 and 8

Students in Key Stage 3 are set according to their mathematical ability and will therefore follow a suitable course of study which builds on their prior knowledge.

At the forefront of each level of study is the necessity that pupils become fluent in arithmetic to a level commensurate with their starting points. All pupils will be given regular opportunities to apply their mathematical understanding and reasoning through regular problem solving activities.

Some of the topics studied through Key Stage 3 are:

• Working fluently with fractions, decimals and percentages

• Solving problems involving ratio, rates of change and multiplicative reasoning

• Calculating with indices and standard form

• Probability

• Algebra

• Surds, Pythagoras’ theorem and trigonometry (Higher only)




All pupils are set by ability in Key Stage 3 to ensure that they are appropriately challenged so that they can best make progress. 


All pupils in Key Stage 3 are given a weekly homework which typically follows a set template. This will include an opportunity for pupils to practice a skill or procedure learnt in class before being given an opportunity to apply their learning by solving mathematical problems.

The homework is one sheet of A4 and will be stuck into pupils’ exercise books on completion.


All pupils in Key Stage 3 complete an assessment at the end of each half term. We have a cumulative approach to our assessments throughout the year so that pupils are constantly challenged to recall content from anytime from September onwards.

Every assessment week involves revision lessons to best prepare the pupils and they will have some form of notes to take away each time to revise beforehand.

The end of year assessments in Key Stage 3 are skills-based and allow teachers to rate the understanding of topics studied throughout the year. This information is then passed onto class teachers in the next academic year to ensure that teachers have a clear view of their groups emerging strengths and weaknesses.