We have a BIG challenge with Maths and Science education in the UK. Internationally we are 27th and 16th respectively in league tables and domestically over 41% of our students failed to achieve maths grade C in 2011. Whilst our competitors have raced ahead we have, in the words of the OECD’s Director of Education, ‘stagnated’.
As they say 'every little helps' and the aim of Mathsmadeeasy is to improve maths achievement in the UK through written resources and coaching.
Key learning at school from age 5 to 7 years (KS1, year 1 and 2)
In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, shape, space and measurement) and in Science (working scientifically, plants, animals, everyday materials and seasonal changes.
Key learning at school from age 8 to 11 years (KS2, year 3 , 4, 5 and 6)
In this Stage, each child is assessed in English for reading (word and comprehension), writing (spelling and handwriting) in Maths (number, calculations, fractions, measurements, geometry, stats, algebra and ratio) and in Science.
Years 7 to year 9 span the period called key stage 3, culminating in the Maths, English and Science SATs tests.
By the age of 14, most children are expected to achieve level 5. These exams are often used to decide which GSCE set your child will be in.
General Certificate of Secondary Education, usually taken from ages 14 - 16 years.
Start in year 10, a two year GCSE course can be either modular (exams over two years) or linear (exams at the end). Two exam papers are taken at Foundation (achieving up to grade C) or Higher tiers (up to A*). Level 2 Key Skills = A*-C and Level 1 = D-G
AS Mathematics or Physics in year 12, has three modules usually examined in January or June. A2 Maths or Physics, a further three modules in year 13, completes the A-level course. AS and A2 are both 50% of the full A Level. The information provided is based on the OCR board, but will be applicable to other exam boards.
Key Stage 3 maths papers are set in different bands:
level 3-5 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 5
level 4-6 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 6
level 5-7 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 7
level 6-8 paper - students cannot achieve higher than level 8
The actual paper you are entered for depends on your expected level of achievement.
There are two papers, a calculator and a non-calculator paper. A mental maths test is a timed audio test. Students complete an answer sheet.
SATS KEY STAGE 3 LEVELS
Average for a typical 5 year old
Average for a typical 7 year old
Average for a typical 9 year old
Average for a typical 11 year old
Average for a typical 13 year old
Average for a typical 14 year old
Above average for typical 14 yr old
Only available in maths
Additionally there are bands 'a', 'b' and 'c' within the levels. This simply indicates a range within the level.