Motivating students at Key Stage 4

Over the last year students have had their maths learning disrupted due to the pandemic. The AMSP has put together a package of support for Key Stage 4 teachers to help with maintaining the interest of students in maths, motivate their learning and encourage them to consider studying maths post-16.

Key Stage 4 resources

The AMSP has a wealth of experience of providing enrichment and promoting the study of maths.

We have collated a selection of activities and resources for you to use with your classes to motivate and enrich their learning in mathematics. The resources vary in length and style, and can be used in different ways, such as in class activities, individual/independent work, set for homework etc.

We will add a new set of three resources on a different topic every two weeks throughout the summer term.

Resource focus: Geometry

Pentagonal Desks

 30 min

Topic

Angles

Ideal for:

Embedding skills

Possible uses:
  • Starter (the initial part of the resource)
  • Homework
Problem Solution

Building Bridges

 60 min

Topic

Similar triangles, angles and length

Ideal for:

Enriching knowledge

Possible uses:
  • In-lesson task
  • Group work
Instructions Cards Solution

Zigzag Area 1

 45 min

Topic

Area and perimeter

Ideal for:

Extending understanding

Possible uses:
  • In-lesson task
  • Independent work
  • Homework
Problem Solution

Previous resources

Problem 12 - Dropped!

 30 min

Topic

Repeated percentage change

Ideal for:

Embedding skills

Possible uses:
  • In-lesson task
  • Independent work
  • Homework
  • Plenary
Problem Hints Solution

Swimming

 30 min

Topic

Ratio, fractions, proportion

Ideal for:

Extending understanding

Possible uses:
  • In-lesson task
  • Independent work
  • Homework
Problem Solution

What can you see?

 60 min

Topic

Fractions, area, ratio, properties of shapes, angles, parallel lines

Ideal for:

Enriching knowledge

Possible uses:
  • In-lesson task
  • Group work
Student resource Teacher resource

Shaded Squares 2

 15 min

Topic

Fractions and percentages including converting between units of measure.

Ideal for:

Extending understanding

Possible uses:
  • Starter
  • In-lesson task
  • Plenary
  • Group work
Problem Solution

Plan a festival

 45 min

Topic

Percentages of amounts

Ideal for:

Embedding skills

Possible uses:
  • Homework
  • Independent work
  • Project
  • In-lesson task
  • Group work
Student resource Teacher resource

Where maths meets the world of work – urban regeneration

 60 min

Topic

Version B and C (Foundation and Higher) - problem solving using number and measurement covering area, scale drawings, profit and percentages

Ideal for:

Enriching knowledge

Possible uses:
  • Starter (the initial part of the resource)
  • In-lesson-task
  • Homework
  • Group work
  • Project
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Coming up

We'll add three new resources to this page every two weeks. Here's what we have planned:

Curriculum area Topics Available from
Algebra
  • Forming equations
  • Solving equations
  • Proof
Wednesday 26 May
Probability
  • Calculating events
  • Using systematic listing
  • Expectation
Wednesday 16 June
Careers
  • Interpreting data
  • Using percentages
  • Measures of central tendency and spread
Wednesday 30 June

Other resources

The AMSP has many additional resources that you might be interested in.

Online enrichment event recordings

The AMSP has been running interactive live online enrichment events for Year 10 students. We've recorded shows that we're no longer running and provided accompanying teacher notes.

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Enrichment lessons

These activities work really well as enrichment lessons or as part of an ‘activity day’. They offer the opportunity for your students to step outside of the curriculum for a while and have fun doing mathematics and seeing where it can take them!

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Where's the maths in that?

These resources are designed to demonstrate to students that maths can be found all around them. They are very easy to use, simply display a photograph and ask “Where is the maths in that?”. It's perfect for starters, ends of lessons, assemblies or even homework!

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Taster lessons of maths beyond GCSE

This set of resources provide two taster sessions for each of Core Maths, A level Mathematics and A level Further Mathematics. They are designed either for use in the classroom or for students to work on independently.

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Upcoming enrichment events

The AMSP runs events designed to engage your 11-16 students with maths, and inspire them to want to continue to study it beyond GCSE. All of our events have been adapted for online participation.

Are you psychic?

 1 hour

This event will draw on your students' knowledge of probability, along with their reasoning, problem solving and communication skills, to make decisions based on statistics.

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Making a million!

 1 hour

This event will draw on your students' knowledge of percentages, along with their reasoning, problem solving and communication skills, to work out the best investment strategies.

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Which career? How maths is used in different roles

 45 mins

This event will allow students to explore a career-related question, before working through possible solutions and explaining how this question arises within the career.

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Which career? Meet people working in different roles

 40 mins

This event will allow your students to question people from the world of work about how they use maths and different skills that are essential in their roles.

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Upcoming professional development opportunities

All of our professional development opportunities have been adapted for online participation.

Higher GCSE topics through mathematical thinking

 8 weeks

This course develops strategies and ideas for taking a higher tier topic and extending it, exploring the connections which deepen understanding and develop fluency, and which can be used immediately in the classroom.

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