Key Stage 3 Maths

The aim of KS3 Maths is to support and strengthen students existing mathematical knowledge and understanding. It is also to introduce many of the key numeracy skills that will be required at KS4.

We do this through a differentiated program called Accelerated Maths. When our pupils are tested on entry, individual objectives are created. The work that is generated from these objectives is tailored to each pupil’s individual needs. So although the class may all cover the same topic in maths, each pupil has access to their own set of problems that provide the appropriate level of challenge.

Accelerated maths provides the ideal platform to boost self-esteem and confidence. Pupils have the opportunity to mark their own work online and see instantly how much they are progressing.

Maths games, group work and partner work, all provide opportunities to respect opinion and to safely challenge ideas. This also provides opportunities to celebrate achievement and respect others successes.


GCSE Maths is becoming more demanding for everyone:

  • The volume of subject content has increased.
  • The demand of that content is increasing too, with harder topics being introduced. This is true for both Foundation Tier students and Higher Tier students.
  • The total time for the examinations is increasing, from 3 ½ hours to 4 ½ hours. All exams will be sat at the end of the course.

Our KS4 Maths covers Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11

Year 9 Aims:

  • Number
  • Introduction to algebra
  • Handling Data

Year 10 Aims:

  • Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Equations
  • Multiplicative reasoning

Year 11 Aims

  • Algebra
  • Standard form
  • Problem solving
  • Revision

Functional Skills Maths

Students that find GCSE is not the direction for them will be offered Functional Skills Maths from Entry Level 1 through to Functional Skills Level 2.

Functional Skills Maths targets the everyday skills required by students to become functioning members of society.

All lessons are taught in small groups to enable staff to target specific areas and individuals.  Targeted intervention ensures all students are able to leave Windlestone having obtained a qualification in maths.

Pearson Edexcel is used for both GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications.