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Poynton High School

and Performing Arts College

01625 871811

KS3 & KS4 (Years 7-11)

The Schemes of Work that are delivered at Key Stages 3 & 4 are based on a model of progression and spiralling. They are designed to be used according to the KS2 prior attainment of students so that they start at different stages.  The expectation is that the majority of students will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace and decisions about when to progress are always based on the security of student understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Those who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.

Students in Years 7-11 are taught in sets. This is monitored closely to ensure that students are stretched, and supported, appropriately. We use various types of assessment to monitor the progress of our students. Three home learning tasks are set per fortnight and these can take the form of a written task, an online assessment or revision to prepare for an assessment.

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Students in KS3 have a regular focus on numeracy and the department uses the Numeracy Ninjas programme. This is numeracy intervention designed to fill gaps in students’ basic mental calculation strategies and also to empower them with the numeracy skills and the fluency required to fully access GCSE Maths concepts when they move to Key Stage 4 study.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

In Year 10 and 11 the students follow pathways which are designed to cater for their individual needs and rates of progression. Our students in Year 11 are following the GCSE course with the AQA examination board. The mathematics staff run support classes and drop-in sessions to provide additional help for the students in KS4.