KS3 Maths Main Article
1. Key concepts
There are a number of key concepts that underpin the study of mathematics. Pupils need to understand these concepts in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.
1.1 Competence
 Applying suitable mathematics accurately within the classroom and beyond.
 Communicating mathematics effectively.
 Selecting appropriate mathematical tools and methods, including ICT.
1.2 Creativity
 Combining understanding, experiences, imagination and reasoning to construct new knowledge.
 Using existing mathematical knowledge to create solutions to unfamiliar problems.
 Posing questions and developing convincing arguments.
1.3 Applications and implications of mathematics
 Knowing that mathematics is a rigorous, coherent discipline.
 Understanding that mathematics is used as a tool in a wide range of contexts.
 Recognising the rich historical and cultural roots of mathematics.
 Engaging in mathematics as an interesting and worthwhile activity.
1.4 Critical understanding
 Knowing that mathematics is essentially abstract and can be used to model, interpret or represent situations.
 Recognising the limitations and scope of a model or representation.
