Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3


On entry to Malbank all year 7 pupils are placed in sets according to their prior attainment and ability; KS2 results and information from their previous school are used to do this. The teaching groups are regularly monitored and reviewed to allow for easy movement between them when necessary. In years 7 and 8 topics are taught in blocks following the 'Active Learn' scheme of work. These are differentiated textbooks, which ensure pupils are provided with the appropriate level of work. There are also supplementary activities, worksheets and extension tasks. Programmes of study are broken down in to four main areas.

  • 1.     Using and Applying Mathematics
  • 2.     Number and Algebra
  • 3.     Geometry and Measures
  • 4.     Statistics

Pupils who need extra help are given additional support and those with established skills are stretched using extension resources.
Problem solving and investigations are an integral part of KS3 courses and there are opportunities for group work and discussions. Pupils are assessed during each unit and there are formal tests three timers per year. In all years, pupils are assessed using National Curriculum Levelled resources, and are given a NC Level (up to Level 8) at each tracking point.


  • Year 9 pupils will take the revised Maths GCSE and are therefore following a 3 year GCSE course based on the AQA linear specification 8300. More details on this specification can be found in the Maths GCSE section of the website. 
  • By the time pupils leave in Year 11, the grading system will have changed from grades being given as A* to G to Grades 9 to 1   (9 being the highest grade and 1 being the lowest).
  • These number grades are completely different to the NC levels that are used in primary schools and currently in years 7, 8 and 9
  • Pupils in Year 9 for 2015/16 will therefore continue to be awarded a NC level based on their assessments during the year, although they are following a GCSE syllabus.

 Maths Clinic - Wednesday 12.30 - 13.00 in B14

Need extra help? Struggling with a topic? Use the Active Learn website for on-line exercises and complete the relevent home-works to improve your skills! Please ask your teacher for your login details if you do not know them.