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Mathematics and Numeracy is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stage 3. It gives pupils a wider understanding of how the world around them works and prepares them for making decisions, solving problems and processing everyday information.

This Area of Learning encourages pupils to deepen the mathematical knowledge, understanding and skills they have acquired at Key Stages 1 and 2. Pupils develop and demonstrate this deeper understanding through creative and critical thinking, being flexible in their approach, solving problems and making informed decisions.

Mathematics helps pupils to develop important skills such as calculating, logical thinking and investigating. It enables pupils to:

  • understand quantity and measures;

  • appreciate patterns and relationships;

  • explore size and shape; and

  • analyse data and chance.

By engaging with issues that young people can relate to, now and in the future, teachers help pupils to see the relevance of Mathematics and Financial Capability to real life and to work.

At Killicomaine, our pupils receive 5 or 6 timetabled periods of Mathematics.

The pupils are given opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding of Number, Algebra, Shape, Space and Measures, Handling data and Personal finance issues.


They are also given opportunities to develop skills to enable competent and responsible financial decision making, and also to develop the application of mathematical skills to real life and work situations and the creative use of technology to enhance mathematical learning.

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