Key Stage 3


Numeracy is a subject that looks at the maths we use in our day to day lives, and how we can use specific skills to help understand the world around us.
~ Chris Hume

About Numeracy at New Heights Key Stage 3

At New Heights Key Stage 3, Numeracy is taught with focus upon core skills that students may not have knowledge or prior understanding of, such as how to tell the time on an analogue clock, how to read timetables for travel and the use of money in our lives.

Numeracy counts 🙂

Subject Content

Topics covered thus far have focused on students’ understanding of time, using analogue and digital clocks, converting between 12- and 24-hour times, travel timetables and how to plan a journey.

This will then lead into money and how to make purchases along with how to manage money.

Curriculum Principles

The curriculum used follows a linear approach where students’ prior understanding is assessed and then lesson planning can allow for students to be challenged with work differentiated to provide progress.

As students’ levels of ability are monitored, the curriculum allows for branches to be taken in order for the students to show their capabilities and develop further.

Assessment and Feedback

Students receive a Bassline assessment when they first join the school. After this, students are continuously assessed throughout the lessons as their verbal and written communications are considered to assess their understanding and progress. Students’ work is marked on a consistent and regular basis, with feedback provided and considerations as to how further progress can be obtained.

Links to Everyday Life

Where Numeracy differs from conventional maths lessons is that it takes a more guided focus on how it can be used in everyday situations. The lessons taught in New Heights Key Stage 3 focus on real world examples and how they are used on a daily basis, with the aim to better educate the students on how we find maths and numeracy all around us.

Numeracy is valuable

Future Careers

In our ever-changing world, leading off and branching in new directions, the core of every job has numeracy and maths at it’s heart.

As we prepare students for their futures, we encourage them to be aspirational and see how they can achieve their goals by utilising the skills learnt in their ideal careers.

Jobs include: Retail, Education, Computing and IT, Construction and Self-Employment.

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