Maths KS4

Mathematics KS4 overview.

The Key Stage 4 Programme of Study for GCSE Mathematics gives all learners, up to the age of 16, a rich experience of mathematics. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to achieve as highly as possible and to be well prepared for progression to further study and/or employment.  These Programmes of Study are organised into distinct domains of Number, Algebra, Geometry and Statistics.

GCSE Mathematics follows one of two tiers: foundation (grade G to C – which will be entered with OCR) or higher (grade D to A* – which will be entered with Edexel).  Both tiers will be entirely externally assessed with the requirement for pupils to sit two examination papers at the end of their course (one non-calculator paper and one calculator paper).

The assessment objectives are broken down as follows:

AO1 Use and apply standard techniques

Pupils should be able to:

• accurately recall facts, terminology and definitions;

• use and interpret notation correctly, and;

• accurately carry out routine procedures or set tasks requiring multi-step solutions.

AO2 Reason, interpret and communicate mathematically

Pupils should be able to:

• make deductions, inferences and draw conclusions from mathematical information;

• construct chains of reasoning to achieve a given result;

• interpret and communicate information accurately;

• present arguments and proofs, and;

• assess the validity of an argument and critically evaluate a given way of presenting information.

AO3 Solve problems within mathematics and in other contexts

Pupils should be able to:

• translate problems in mathematical or non-mathematical contexts into a process or a series of mathematical processes;

• make and use connections between different parts of mathematics;

• interpret results in the context of the given problem;

• evaluate methods used and results obtained, and;

• evaluate solutions to identify how they may have been affected by assumptions made.


Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.

How will the KS4 qualification prepare my child for life in modern Britain?

Whether you plan to go on to work, A-levels (or equivalent), or other further studies, a good understanding of mathematics will be useful to you. Your number skills will come in handy in everyday situations, such as trying to work out whether you can afford those shoes you are after. Learning to think like a mathematician will improve your problem-solving and decision-making skills.

The skills you are learning now are also important in many other subjects. Some you may have studied before, such as biology, and others you may not like sports science. Many of them require a C at GCSE (or equivalent) and will be much easier to study if you have a good grasp of the subject. Mathematics is good for combining with other subjects and goes particularly well with the physical and social sciences. A mathematicss qualification is highly regarded for entry onto many further education courses.

It is not just at university that the ability to apply a process, manipulate equations and deal with basic geometry come in useful. Many people find that the topics they were taught at GCSE come up again and again, whatever their profession. Many employers rate the ability to handle data very highly, i.e. the ability to get information from graphs and charts, to manipulate percentages and fractions, and to make sensible predictions from data.  The most fundamental reason to study mathematics is that it teaches you to learn; to build up an understanding from basic principles, to develop general concepts, and then to apply this to specific examples. You learn to think logically, to ask questions and check out your conclusions all of which are really useful life skills.

Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.

Homework club is run in room 413a every night.

What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?

A strong B grade at GCSE mathematics is needed to enter A-level mathematics at most colleges. Mathematics is needed in most science-based degrees, medicine and is generally seen as a facilitating subject at A-level by the Russell Group of universities.  “Subjects that can be viewed as facilitating subjects: Maths and further maths; Physics; Biology; Chemistry; History; Geography; Modern and classical languages; English Literature.”

Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?

A scientific calculator such as a Casio FX-83GTPLUS or equivalent is needed, along with a full geometry set including pencil, rubber, ruler, protractor, and a pair of compasses.

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