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January 30th, 2017, 07:05 AM   #1
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Hi, I have an interview tomorrow. There are two questions that I am going to be asked. Does teaching maths to KS4 differ from that of KS3? My instant is that it does not apart from the fact that more revision is needed in KS4? The topics are still the same and can be taught in KS3 equally with equal importance?

Also, I have been asked to talk about the difference between numeracy and maths. For me, numeracy is more about understanding essential number skills? Where maths goes beyond into geometry, shape etc. and uses numeracy for mathematics workings out?

I hope all makes sense.
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January 30th, 2017, 04:29 PM   #2
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What are KS3 and KS4?
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January 30th, 2017, 04:49 PM   #3
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Personally, I think "numeracy" merely means being fully capable and consequently fully confident in the basic arithmetic of non-negative rational numbers. It does not imply any understanding of elementary algebra or even negative and algebraic numbers, let alone real or complex numbers.
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January 30th, 2017, 05:24 PM   #4
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If you are given a problem and you use the exact correct yet make a minor error to get an answer wildly out of scale with what it should be; "math" is knowing the procedure and how to do the problem. Numeracy is knowing that your answer is wildly out of scale so that you must have made a mistake.

It's very possible to have the former and not the latter. And it's a teachable skill. When you get an answer, does it make general sense?
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What are KS3 and KS4?
Key stage 3 and key stage 4.
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