National Math Curriculum

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The St. Thomas a Becket Catholic College in Wakefield applies the National Math Curriculum for Key Stage 3 mathematics. St Thomas a Becket College is one of the voluntary aided Catholic Colleges for boys and girls aged 11-16. This Catholic comprehensive school serves a wide area, which includes areas of social disadvantage, on the southern fringe of Wakefield.


The key concepts of applications of mathematics enable the students of this college to gain a critical understanding about mathematical ideas that shape our world. The revised mathematics programme of study for key stage 3 includes the level 1 functional skills standard in mathematics. There are structural similarities with the level 1 functional skills.
For the algebra lessons, there are four specific examples outlined. The first one is to generate and describe simple integer sequences. The second one is to generate terms of a simple sequence based on a given rule. The third one is to generate sequences from practical contexts and explain the general term in specific simple cases. The fourth one is to express simple functions in words and afterwards express it using symbols and in mappings.
For the lessons in shape and space, there are seven specific examples. The first one is to utilize letter symbols to represent unknown numbers and variables. The second one is to recognise and use multiples, factors or divisors, common factor, highest common factor, lowest common multiple and primes. The third one is to find the prime factor decomposition of a number. ...
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