Key Stage 4: Mathematics
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
At Murray Park School we have planned our curriculum to ensure that our students are provided with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the importance of mathematics, alongside instilling a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The beauty of Mathematics is that it has many links in which students need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas, therefore, we have ensured that we have programmes of study for key stage 4 that are organised into the core fundamentals of Maths, but also allow students to build upon the knowledge gained in prior stages. The students make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and confidence in solving more complex problems.
By following the national curriculum for mathematics we ensure that our students will be able to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, forming relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We know and appreciate that Mathematics can be hard, but we want our students to grapple and flourish with the exciting opportunities we have to offer in the depths of exploring different contexts.
We are continually raising the standards of achievement of the students at Murray Park School, ensuring all students are challenged to meet their full potential.
All students in KS4 follow the National Curriculum. The yearly teaching programmes for Years 10 and 11 are set out by the National framework and are organised in five main Mathematics strands. The areas covered are:
Ratio and Proportion
Geometry and Measures
Probability and Statistics
Numeracy is not mentioned in the above strands as this is crucial through all of the Mathematics taught. Numeracy is the ability to be able to use Mathematics in the real world and apply it to make the best possible decisions. Our curriculum has been designed in order to allow students to have the opportunity to explore and link to real life contexts of Mathematics, through the application of percentages to look at calculating interest rates on bank accounts and working out prices in sales, to calculating the amount of ingredients needed in a recipe when cooking for more or less people and calculating costs for redecorating rooms to name a few. Numeracy skills are equally as important as literacy skills and are fundamental to everyday life.
Key Stage 4 Curriculum
We have ensured that our Key Stage 4 curriculum allows students to further their progress by using the fundamentals gained in Key Stage 3 to underpin the new content learnt, checking that the foundations of each skill are secure, enables the students to recall and to retrieve prior knowledge. Our students all have the same opportunities to access the content delivered within the curriculum and are stretched in every single area. To support the delivery of our curriculum, we set frequent assessments and use pre and post testing to ensure that our students are accessing a programme that is tailored to their individual needs.
The assessment of the course is measured by an examination at the end of Year 11. This is broken down into three separate Mathematics papers; one non-calculator and two calculator papers, each lasting our hour and thirty minutes. Due to the nature of Mathematics and the constant linking of content, these are not broken down into topics given for each paper, however, the assessment objectives for the three papers combined have the following weightings of skills:
Students in Year 10 will continue to follow the scheme of work in order for them to develop their mathematical skills in line with the National Curriculum to prepare them for their GCSE examinations. The table below details what topics the students will study in Year 10 and in Year 11. In Year 11, the students follow a tailored scheme of work. From their mock exams, the teachers are able to identify the students’ specific areas for intervention and their teachers focus on supporting the students’ with their areas for development.
The Department provides Booster sessions to help the students to focus on their areas for improvement. Commit2six sessions are also provided for the students in key stage 4 to help them to prepare for their GCSE examinations.
Alongside the teaching in the classroom, students will be directed to use the following websites for homework purposes or for revision materials:
Hegarty Maths – www.hegartymaths.com
Dr Frost Maths – www.drfrostmaths.com
TTRockstars – www.ttrockstars.com
National Oak Academy – https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-3/subjects/maths