The overarching aim for Mathematics at Villa Real School is to promote high standards of numeracy by equipping pupils with the very best knowledge and understanding so they can make sense of the world by developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables pupils/students to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space and in their everyday lives.
Our Mathematics curriculum is designed to encourage pupils/students to:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils/students develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall automatically and apply knowledge accurately
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
Pupils follow the Villa Real Maths Schemes of Work based on the National Curriculum or the Adult Numeracy Core Curriculum. Younger pupils follow the Early Years Developmental Journal and cover areas of knowledge, skills and understanding which are prerequisites for the progression into the National Curriculum. Early Maths skills can be taught throughout the school, depending on the individuals understanding of mathematical concepts.
The strands of Mathematics covered within the school are:
Number – place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions,
Geometry and Measure – properties of shape, position and direction, length, mass, volume
Statistics and Probability – data handing, probability
Every class will have a Numeracy/Maths lesson every day. Class teachers ensure that opportunities are engaging and developmental for all learners, ensuring pupils/students’ needs are met.
Classes follow the school, scheme of work which follows statutory guidelines in a bespoke and individualised way. All classes will include a number/counting activity daily and develop skills in recall and the comprehension of key vocabulary. This is set out the in National Curriculum and the school’s Calculation Policy. Early Maths skills can be taught throughout the school, regardless of age, depending on the pupil/students’ level of understanding.
Early Years pupils take part in daily Maths sessions. They work towards the Early Years Development Journal which is linked to Development Matters, and extend this where possible into the Early Learning Goals. Early counting skills, number recognition, shape and measure are used across the curriculum and in play.
In Key Stage 5, Numeracy/Mathematics is linked to skills for living an independent life. Students develop their skills in working with money, weighing and measuring in the kitchen, managing their time during the day, and problem solving across the curriculum.
Students who are in KS3,4 or 5 and are ready, follow and sit AQA Entry Level Maths.
A variety of age related software, websites, games and real-life materials to are used across the school to engage pupils and help them to learn in the way that best suits their individual needs.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject (National Curriculum 2011)
The teaching of mathematics is undertaken throughout all phases of the school both in times specifically allocated to the subject and across the whole of the curriculum. Mathematics lessons and maths encountered across the curriculum offer our pupils/students opportunities to:
Build on their awareness of events and actions and recognise changes in pattern, quantity and space that occur in their lives, both the immediate environment and in the wider world
Use their developing awareness to anticipate and predict change
Use their awareness and developing understanding of pattern, space, shape and number, to develop problem-solving skills that contribute to making choices, taking decisions and gaining control over their immediate environment
Extend mathematical skills, experiences and understanding which enable them to visualise, compare and estimate. For a few pupils/students this may be achieved in abstract as well as concrete contexts
Begin to think about the strategies they use and explain them to others
Develop a powerful set of thinking tools to help them increase their knowledge and understanding of the world and, during the school years, to learn effectively in different subjects across the curriculum
The curriculum is mapped via a progression model to develop knowledge, skills and understanding, however in rare cases some complex pupils including those with degenerative conditions, may have planning which aims to sustain.
The Maths Coordinator quality assures all areas of Mathematics. They observe lessons, monitor planning, ensures assessment is appropriate, takes part in regular learning walks and work scrutinies, and gives feedback to class teachers each term. The Coordinator aims to attend moderation meetings with other special schools and Key Stage 5 providers to moderate work at all levels.
Progress of all students is monitored using B Squared and judged on individual targets set. Entry level exams are assessed by AQA.