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KS3 Maths

At Burnside we aim to inspire pupils to develop the ability through Mathematics to become successful learners. We promote independent thinking. This is a transferable skill which enables the students to analyse difficult situations and produce creative solutions. An ability to tackle problems and master them can then be translated into every aspect of one’s life. It has been proved that success in Mathematics leads to a greater economic wellbeing in the future.

Mathematics is taught by teachers who are passionate about their subject. The students are set ambitious targets and students make rapid progress. We want students to be able to master Mathematics, which is an International Language. We see mastery as a key to students learning.

At Burnside, due to the fact students are taught in small groups, they have more indivualised attention than in mainstream.  In the Maths Dept. we are proud of the fact that we establish and maintain excellent working relationships with the students. The students come into classroom feeling secure knowing we are always there to support them.

Course Outline
Class 1 / Class 2 / Class 3

Autumn 1

Unit 1: Analysing and Displaying Data

Unit 2: Number Skills

Unit 3: Number

Unit 4: Area and Volume

Autumn 2

Unit 1: Expressions, Functions and Formulae

Unit 2: Decimals and Measures

Unit 3: Expressions and Equations

Unit 4: Real-life Graphs

Spring 1

Unit 1: Fractions

Unit 2: Probability

Unit 3: Decimals and Ratio

Unit 4: Lines and Angles

Spring 2

Unit 1: Ratio and Proportion

Unit 2: Calculating with Fractions

Summer 1

Unit 1: Lines and angles

Unit 2: Sequences and Graphs

Unit 3: Straight-line Graphs

Unit 4: Percentages, Decimals and Fractions

Summer 2

Unit 1: Statistics, Graphs and Charts

Unit 2: Transformations

Assessment and feedback

All students are given a base-line assessment on Entry. This enables us to give students individualised programs of work which enables them to progress. This prepares them for GCSE Mathematics and re - entry into mainstream education

Formative Assessments

End of unit tests

Summative Assessments 

End of topic test (5-10 questions).

Informative Assessment 

Starter questions


Peer marking

Student weekly outcome sheet:
  • Differentiated target based questions
  • Target setting
  • Weekly learning objectives  
Student curriculum map:
  • Units and topics
  • Success criteria
How parents/carers can help

To further develop and broaden your child’s skills and understanding of Maths concepts, you should encourage your child to spend 40 minutes per week doing independent reading (this could be worksheets, projects, investigations or test papers) and going over the notes covered in class.

Encourage your child to watch the News; to ensure that he/she is up to date with social matters where mathematics is applicable. E.g the spread of corona virus stats figures.

Test their knowledge and understanding by encouraging them to inform you on their learning, targets and lesson objectives.

Links to online resources:

Preparation and repetition is the key to success. Please encourage your child to use the following resources to help thoroughly prepare for the examinations: