KS3
In Years 7, 8 and 9 students will undertake a wide ranging course covering the following areas:
 Number
 Algebra
 Ratio, Proportion and Rates of change
 Geometry and Measures
 Probability and Statistics
There will be an emphasis on numeracy in Year 7 and 8 to ensure that all students are confident in working with numbers in a variety of situations without a calculator. Problem solving will be a focus for all classes to ensure they gain confidence in this area.
Every student’s progress will be tracked throughout their time at St Mary’s to ensure that they make sustained progress.
Pupils are taught in sets according to ability. Decisions about progression are based on pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Those who are not sufficiently fluent are given the chance to consolidate their understanding.
In brief topics covered are:
Year 7 
Whole Numbers and decimals: Place value and decimals Negative numbers Mental and written subtraction Rounding and estimation Measures, perimeter and Area: Metric measurements Area and perimeter Expressions and formulae: Expressions and simplifying Substitution Expanding brackets Using and writing formulae

Fractions, decimals and percentages: Fraction notation Adding and subtracting fractions Fractions of a quantity Percentage, fraction and decimals Angles and 2D shapes: Measuring angles Calculating angles Properties of 2D shapes

Graphs: Coordinates Straight line graphs Real life graphs Time series graphs Number: Mental and written calculations Statistics: Bar graphs, pie charts Averages (mean, median and mode) Time


Year 8

Whole numbers and decimals: Multiples and factors Prime numbers Square and cube numbers Square roots and cube roots Indices Rounding and estimation Transformations: Symmetry Reflection, Rotation and Translation Tessellation Equations: Solving equations Real life equations 
Written and calculator methods: Written calculations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) Calculator skills Constructions: Constructing triangles Bisectors Scale drawing Sequences: Term to term rules Position to term rules Sequences in context

3D shapes: Isometric drawings Surface area Volume Ratio and Proportion: Ratio Dividing in a given ratio Proportion Probability: Equally likely outcomes Experimental probability Venn diagrams

Year 9 
Fractions decimals and percentages: Four rules and fractions Percentage problems including reverse percentage where appropriate Equations: Solving equations Constructing equations Trial and improvement Written multiplication and division: Multiplying and dividing decimals

Graphs: Straight line graphs Gradient y= mx +c ( where appropriate) Pythagoras
Measures, perimeter and area: Area 2D shapes Compound measures
Graphs: Distance time graphs Time series graphs

During the summer term year 9 will begin the KS4 scheme of work. 