Key Stage 4 Enrichment

Each year the FMSP organises enrichment events that are attended by more than 10,000 Key Stage 4 students. The events aim to inspire Key Stage 4 students with mathematics and encourage them to consider going on to study AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics after their GCSEs.

The events usually feature guest speakers, well known in the mathematics, science or engineering world, who present lectures and lead hands on workshops.

FMSP Area Coordinators and Associates also visit schools and colleges to provide an enrichment experience for smaller groups of students. These experiences can be arranged by discussing your needs with your local FMSP Area Coordinator.

The large scale FMSP enrichment events often involve:

  • Workshops/hands-on sessions
  • Quizzes and/or competitions
  • A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics and University mathematics taster sessions
  • Student conferences

Examples of talks and workshops

Here are some examples of the talks and workshops from FMSP enrichment days.

Maths in the Movies - a workshop looking at a series of TV and movie clips, all of which demonstrate maths in some way. The representation of maths in the media was examined to see if it is fair and correct!

A bit, a crumb, a nibble or a byte - a workshop exploring a historic problem from 1AD and how the binary number system plays a part in solving the problem.

Doing sums in a lab coat - Maths helps Chemistry to make the world better. This workshop reinforced that claim with examples and, by taking some measurements with light, the length of a molecule was calculated.

Take a Gamble on Maths - A workshop testing statistical brain power and challenging the rule that “the house always wins”.

The Mathematics of Animal Locomotion - A keynote lecture that describes how the mathematics of networks is used to model the way animals move.

How to get involved

Large scale enrichment events are organised regionally by FMSP Area Coordinators. Details of these events are sent to your school/college to the registered contact. All the events are listed on the FMSP website on the appropriate regional pages or by using the link Details of upcoming enrichment events.

Smaller scale in-school events can be arranged by discussion with your local FMSP Area Coordinator.

Here are some examples of feedback from these events

"That maths opens a lot of doors! Very interesting facts about maths that I didn’t know before"

"Maths has an everyday use. Maths at A level keeps your options open"

"Very inspirational!! Definitely going to be taking further maths after today"

"That Maths is complicated but FUN!!"

"That nothing is impossible"

"The extent that maths is being used in the real world"

"That there is maths behind a lot of careers"

"That maths is a wide subject and can be linked into other subjects such as geography, science and psychology"

"Thanks for a great day, really enjoyed it and learnt a lot"

"That maths rules!!"

Read a short article by a student who attended an event.

Year 10 Maths Feast

An exciting competition organised by the Further Mathematics Support Programme for students in year 10 testing mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. The competition is free to FMSP-registered schools and is organised on a regional basis. More than 70 events took place across England in February and March 2015 and we expect even more in Spring 2016.

For details of the competition, information about heats already organised in your area and examples of past questions, please go to Year 10 Maths Feast.