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Mathematics Key Stage 4 resource for teachers

There are five sets of resources, we call units, that cover the following topics from Edexel’s scheme of work and provide material for the Higher Tier.

We encourage you to download and save all units and bookmark this link to access future units.


The mathematics content is set to the new syllabus supporting teaching of GCSE (9-1) and also provides material for the Higher Tier. It is designed to not significantly add finance content to increase the burden of learning and teaching, but to use finance to illustrate mathematics content.

Each unit consists of:

  • A teaching plan
  • A PowerPoint presentation
  • Task questions for teachers to hand out
  • Task answers for teachers to hand out
  • A supporting spreadsheet, as an additional resource for teachers

The units are flexible and systematic and uses a scheme of work (from Edexcel) that ensures correct syllabus weighting, pitching, and timing. They can be easily taught to compliment lesson planning at any time. They are as follows:

Linear Graphs - Wages and working

Lesson context: wages and working

Maths: linear graphs and coordinate geometry - work with coordinates; plot equation; identify and interpret gradients both graphically and algebraically; plot and interpret graphs.

Finance context: relating working to wages, salaries and earnings.

Interpreting and Representing Data - Going to university

Lesson context: going to university.

Maths: Representing and interpreting data and scatter graphs - statistical diagrams, time series, scatter graphs, lines of best fit, averages and range.

Finance context: identifying costs of going to university; paying rent; student fees; borrowing; earnings.

Fractions, Ratios and Percentages – Going on holiday

Lesson context: going on holiday. 

Maths: fractions and percentages ; ratios and proportions - fractions. Ratios, proportion, percentages.

Finance context: managing holiday payment options; currency conversion; sharing costs; minimising costs.

Algebra – Running a festival stall

Lesson context: running a festival stall. 

Maths: Algebra and sequences - substitute numerical values; simplify and manipulate algebraic expressions; recognise and use arithmetic, Fibonacci and quadratic sequences.

Finance context: running a business to earn a living; understanding profit, earnings, and sales; distinguish between and use concepts of fixed costs and variable costs.

Multiplicative Reasoning - Managing savings, loans and credit

Lesson context: relating working to wages, salaries and earnings.

Maths: multiplicative reasoning - growth and decay, compound measures, compound formulae.

Finance context: understanding compound interest (charges and receipts); savings and borrowings; managing banks accounts; understanding credit cards.