The Maths Journey at Newman School
The information below outlines the maths journey at Newman School. As a special school we recognise that this journey may not be straight forward for every child and young person. We will endeavour to make sure that each child is working at the level of maths that is right for them, regardless of their age or which key stage they are in.
The children in primary work towards understanding number, shape and space and measures concepts at their own levels, currently ranging from early P levels to Year 1 expectations. Children have many materials to handle such as various countables and money for number , coloured water, dried rice for practical measures work, 2D and 3D shapes to learn the names and properties of shapes.
Children learn to rote count and when this is combined with accurate handling of countables they are able to use 1 to 1 correspondence to count numbers of objects. They go on to use equipment to represent higher numbers such as bunches of ten, which can be used to show any number to 100. When this is secure they can progress to numbers to 1000.
The children work towards understanding the 4 operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, working practically, with countables, initially.
To prepare the children for adult life they are given opportunities to use the skills and understanding in practical situations such as choosing and making their own purchases at cafes when on visits. We have recently installed a Primary kitchen in which the children have opportunity to weigh ingredients and use the scale on jugs to measure liquid in their food preparation.
All students study maths at a level suitable to their ability. Currently we have pupils working from P level 3 to GCSE. Where appropriate students take a formal qualification in Key Stage 4, these include; Entry Level Number Suite, Entry Level Functional Skills, Level 1 Number and Maths GCSE .
Whilst such qualifications are important we need to make sure students can apply these skills as widely as they are able, so some maths time might include; shopping, running a micro-business, working in a café or travelling by bus. Many of these skills are taken from the PFA curriculum and can include activities such as taking money from a purse and saying “please and thank you”. Pupils progress is recorded on a school bespoke system and progress is monitored alongside their EHCP.
Pupils usually take three maths lessons per week; some students will do extra maths as identified in EHCP time. School offers 3 different maths interventions in KS3 which are delivered by suitably trained staff. We have 2 fully equipped maths rooms with access to a suite of PCs and a set of iPads.
All pupils continue to study maths unless they achieve Grade 4 GCSE or higher. If pupils achieve these grade they can continue to study maths but usually they focus on other skills which will allow them to progress to a suitable college placement or job. Other students continue to work on the qualifications they began in Key Stage 4: Entry Level Number Suite, Entry Level Functional Skills, Level 1 Number and maths GCSE. Students will take exams as and when appropriate. As in earlier key Stages pupils will spend some time working on the practical skills outlined in PFA. Students taking GCSE exams continue to study 3 lessons a week other students take 2. In the spring term exam students will use a lot of their EHCP time to revise for the exams they are taking.