Key Stage 4 Mathematics Curriculum Intent

Students will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. 

Pupils will improve their problem-solving skills, which they will use in their everyday life now and as an adult. They will think about how to tackle a problem in a logical way with other pupils and independently. They can 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 encourage pupils to try, and to learn from their mistakes with a growth mindset. We want pupils to be resilient learners who are continuously improving and have a thirst for knowledge and love of learning. 

The mathematics curriculum will introduce pupils to, and improve their understanding of, numeracy in real life applications and future employment. Such as financial capability, time management and logistics. 

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils are able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas throughout the year. The scheme of work for key stage 3 will build on key stage 2 knowledge and skills and connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also have opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects.  

Key Stage 4 - Mathematics Overview