#### What is KS3 Maths?

KS3 stands for Key Stage 3. In England & Wales, all children in school years 7, 8 & 9 (ages 11-12, 12-13 & 13-14 respectively) are in Key Stage 3. Children will be taught many subjects over these years and up until 2009 they were tested in Maths, English & Science. Throughout KS3 Maths, children extend their knowledge and application of skills in number, shape, space, measure and data handling and are introduced to algebraic techniques.

#### Optional Tests

The KS3 SATs tests were scrapped in 2009 but teachers are still required to assess their students. There are optional tests available should teachers wish to use them for assessment.

#### Levels 4-8

Depending on their performance, children will be given assessment levels 4, 5, 6, 7 or possibly 8. Within these levels there are sub-levels, a, b and c. These sub-levels indicate whereabouts within their level they are currently performing; a 6a is one better than a 6b, whilst a 6c is one better than a 5a. The expected level is level 6.

#### National Curriculum

Click on this link to view the National Curriculum for children in secondary school: National Curriculum