Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
During KS3, students build on their knowledge and skills acquired during Key Stage 2 and any time spent studying in KS3 at their mainstream school. Students will cover content from across the curriculum each year and will develop knowledge and skills as well as practice applying what they have learnt in a variety of contexts. Students will be given tasks to help access higher order thinking skills where possible.
Those students who remain with us for a number of years will have more opportunity to carry out richer tasks involving a wider variety of contexts. These will place a higher demand on prior knowledge and build awareness of links between different of areas of Mathematics in order to combine content when solving single problems. This will help students develop their fluency and conceptual understanding in preparation for KS4.
Students will be assessed at the end of each half-term in order to identify areas of weakness and review content covered. Intervention will take place where necessary. Students will also complete two interim assessments during the course of each year in order to monitor their attainment and identify areas for development. Finally, students will sit an end of year assessment which will generate a summative grade from which targets can be set for the following academic year.
Where appropriate, some students will have the opportunity to sit Functional Maths exams in order to gain a Mathematics qualification at the earliest convenience.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
During KS4, students will continue to work towards an appropriate level of mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding by reviewing areas of the curriculum, applying their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts and building confidence to use a number of mathematical concepts to solve problems. Where key mathematical knowledge and skills are lacking, students will be introduced to the relevant curriculum content. Students who achieve an appropriate level of fluency and understanding will be introduced to Additional Foundation and/or Higher curriculum content in order to access higher grades.
Similarly to KS3, students will be assessed at the end of each half-term in order to identify areas of weakness and review content covered with intervention taking place where necessary. Students will also complete three interim mock assessments during the course of each year in order to monitor their attainment and progress, whilst identifying areas for development. These mock papers will be analysed in great detail in order to feedback to students the areas they need to work on in preparation for their GCSE exam. This will also help students gain an awareness of the various areas of the curriculum in relation to the exam, including the various contexts in which content can appear.
Students will sit their GCSE exam at the end of both Year 10 and Year 11. This will consist of three papers; two with and one without a calculator. Those Year 10 students who remain at DPA will have an opportunity to improve their grade in Year 11 either by further developing their fluency and understanding or by accessing further curriculum content if appropriate.
Throughout both Year 10 and Year 11, students will have the opportunity to sit Functional Maths exams at both Level 1 and Level 2 in order to gain Mathematics qualifications at the earliest convenience. Time is built into the curriculum to prepare for such exams and intervention will take place to get students the support they need in order to achieve Level 1.