In KS3 we aim to underpin the basic numeracy skills of:
- Understanding number
- Calculations with number (including fractions for the more able)
- Shape and space
- Handling money
- •Measure (including reading the time and date)
- Data representation and interpretation
We closely track and monitor the progress of our pupils through ongoing assessment to ensure that they are working at an appropriate level. We offer specific and targeted interventions for identified pupils where necessary. All lessons are well differentiated such that differences between learners are accommodated so that all students in a group have the best possible chance of learning.
This ensures that learners will become confident in their own abilities and they can develop the ability to apply these skills later in life.
Students are given a thorough initial assessment from which personal strengths and areas for improvement will be identified. This information is used to generate personalised targets. Planning is driven by the learners and tailored to their needs and preferences. These targets are easily accessible for learners during every lesson and are reviewed termly as part of their (ILP) Individual Learning Plan. We have a real focus on filling the gaps in learners’ knowledge in maths. This ensures that learners will become confident in their own abilities and they can develop the ability to apply these skills later in life.
We have ability set groups across the Key Stage. This enables our lessons to be differentiated and set appropriately to the needs and levels of our students.
Maths in Key Stage 4 is an important transition between the broad and dynamic curriculum in Key Stage 3 and the Functional Life Skills that are developed in Key Stage 4. Students follow the Edexcel Functional Skills accreditation which runs from Entry Level 1 to 3 and progresses onto Level 1 and Level 2 or AQA GCSE maths curriculum. These courses provide practical methods to inspire students to engage with topics on Number, Measure, Shape and Space, and Data Handling. Formative assessments are held at the end of each topic with controlled assessments taking place in March for Entry levels and at different assessment points throughout the year for level 1 and 2. GCSE examinations are sat in May/June. Every effort is made to ensure that students feel enabled and confident throughout their final tests. Readers can be provided and extra time can be applied for if required and appropriate.