Mathematics

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INTRODUCTION – Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. At Penn Hall School we believe each child should be provided with the opportunity to use or experience Mathematics in a range of everyday situations. Therefore, we encourage children to develop a positive attitude to this subject and provide a balanced and varied curriculum based on objectives set in the National Curriculum 2014. 

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach 
  •  To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the number system 
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts 
  • To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented 
  • To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts 
  • To understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life. 

KEY STAGE 1

Pupils follow aims and objectives from the Early Years Foundation Stage Mathematics strand. They participate in a range of practical and sensory maths experiences based around number and shape, space and measures. Activities are differentiated for individual needs and abilities.

KEY STAGE 2

Mathematics is taught daily for 1 hour sessions. Pupils follow aims and objectives from the National curriculum 2014. Strands are mapped out on a week by week basis and objectives are differentiated to meet individual needs. Planning follows a sequence of number and place value, calculation, measurement and geometry. Using and applying is taught throughout to reinforce key skills. 

KEY STAGE 3 - P16

KEY STAGE 3

Pupils follow aims and objectives from the National curriculum 2014. Strands are mapped out on a week by week basis and objectives are differentiated to meet individual needs. Planning follows a sequence of number and place value, calculation, measurement, fractions, decimals, percentages, algebra and geometry. Using and applying is taught throughout to reinforce key skills. 

KEY STAGE 4

Pupils will follow an appropriate course of study based on ability and individual need. They will follow aims and objectives from the relevant syllabus. Some pupils follow a two year OCR GCSE Mathematics or statistics course. The majority of pupils follow an OCR Entry Level qualification where they will gain either an entry level 1, 2 or 3. 

SIXTH FORM

Once completing the appropriate accredited course in Key Stage 4, our sixth form pupils study a more practical approach to the subject. They focus on using and applying their acquired skills and knowledge to solve ‘real life problems’. Pupils follow objectives towards achieving an Edexcel Functional skills qualification which can be studied from entry level 1 up to a level 2. 

ASSESSMENT

Targets are set and assessed using the Schools assessment tool Solar. Individual targets are created for each pupil and can be found in the front of subject books. Assessment is ongoing and regularly updated throughout the year as pupils progress through the WS P steps levels for number, shape and measures and using and applying. Formal assessment updates takes place on a termly basis. Assessment data is analysed by the curriculum co-ordinator and is used to identify those pupils who need extra support in the form of interventions. 

ACCREDITATION ROUTES

  • OCR Entry Level Mathematics 
  • OCR GCSE Mathematics B 
  • Edexcel Functional Skills 
  • ASDAN short course Mathematics 
  • Edexcel GCSE statistics 

THIS SUBJECT ADHERES TO THE RELEVENT POLICY GUIDELINES OUTLINED IN THE SCHOOL GENERAL POLICY DOCUMENT. 

COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENTATION IS HELD BY THE SUBJECT CO-ORDINATOR WHO, FOR THIS SUBJECT IS MRS KATE ROGERS 


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