The aim of the Maths curriculum is to prepare all of our children for life after school. We aim to achieve this by encouraging discussions during our lessons to help children learn social skills, be respectful of others and to help them build positive friendships with their peers. Children will be encouraged to do their best at all times. This will be reinforced throughout their time at the school. The work set out for the children will be of a level that increases their resilience so that they can succeed in the future.
All maths teachers have expert knowledge of the content they deliver. Any gaps in their knowledge will be supported once identified so that the pupils are not disadvantaged.
Maths “Mastery” and “Mathematical Talk” is listed in long term planning and resources, to enable students to understand key concepts, and also generate appropriate discussions. Long term planning is also designed and delivered in a way that allows pupils to transfer key knowledge to long term memory. It is sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before so students can work towards defined end points.
Teachers will regularly assess pupils’ understanding via discussion, purple pen and end of topic assessment in order to inform teaching. This will help pupils embed and use knowledge fluently and develop their understanding, and not simply memorise disconnected facts.
We plan for all students to achieve their personal best academically which means our learning journey aims to prepare students for their GCSE’s. Students will also be entered for other qualifications such as the Entry Level Certificate and Functional Skills Level 1 & 2.
In Maths cross curricular opportunities are frequent. For example; the use of maths in science (handling and recording data), catering (weighing and measuring out ingredients,) sport (heart rate, recording results and timings) and outdoor education (positioning and direction).
Assessment is regular and informs all parties of progress, however, is often informal and avoids any anxiety.