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Ways to help your child

How can I help my child at Key Stage 3?

  1. Practise multiplication tables at home.
  2. Encourage your child to discuss money, best deals etc while out shopping.
  3. Ensure your child has the correct equipment and they are organised with their homework and encourage resilience on recall areas of the fortnightly topic homework.
  4. Be able to use an analogue clock.
  5. Use MathsWatch at home. 
  6. Encourage a positive attitude towards the subject.

The Year 7-9 scheme of work uses a mastery approach and use of mathematical reasoning to promote the resilience to problem solving. They are assessed during two MAD reviews in Make a Difference lessons. These are a short review of work covered in the previous two weeks. The feedback from these should improve understanding ready for the more formal end of topic assessments. From these, the last week of half term will be used as intervention to plug any gaps in understanding before moving onto the next topic.

In KS3 they follow a homework cycle where they will complete a topic homework every other week. This homework consists of five sections

  • This week
  • Last week
  • Last month
  • Last term
  • Last year

Some sections may require using old exercise books or watch clips on Mathswatch to recall prior learning.

The end of Year 7 assessment will cover topics from Year 7

The end of Year 8 assessment will cover topics from Year 7 and Year 8

The end of Year 9 assessment will cover topics from Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9. This will be a foundation GCSE paper and will also be a baseline for Key Stage 4.


How can I help my child at Key Stage 4?

  1. Ensure your child uses the MathsWatch Online Revision website. (Username: yourschoollogin@altrinchamcollege, Password: changeyourpassword)
  2. Help them carefully plan their revision before exams. Make sure they are answering questions and not just reading a revision book.
  3. Ensure they have the correct equipment, especially a scientific calculator.
  4. Discuss financial matters with them at home eg mortgages, interest rates and household budgeting.
  5. Support their attendance at any revision sessions offered.

Year 10 and 11 consolidates the foundation work covered in Key Stage 3. Both follow the AQA linear course at either a higher (grades 9-4) or foundation level (grades 5-1). The final exam sat at the end of Year 11 is made up of three papers. Paper 1 is non-calculator, Papers 2 and 3 are both calculator.

The tier will be decided at parents evening in Year 11. Unless a pupil is likely to secure a grade 6, we tend to recommend the foundation paper.