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Maths

At Grange Park, our aim is to develop ‘a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject’ (National Curriculum 2014). We are also dedicated to equipping our pupils with skills to use in the real world. Pupils are regularly encouraged to solve problems involving time and money.

The intent of Maths at Grange Park is to ensure that every student has an individualised learning pathway to maximise their full potential. We nurture a can-do attitude by providing a safe learning environment with small class sizes allowing students to flourish. In each class pupils are taught in small groups. Each group has a programme of study tailored to their ability. We make great use of a variety of software, websites, games, real-life materials and kinaesthetic apparatus (Numicon) to engage students and help them learn in the way that best suits their needs.

We use doodlemaths, an online interactive programme where pupils have access to an individualised programme of study. Pupils are able to complete tasks and play games to earn doodlestars. This is proving to be very popular with our students. Students can access this at home to increase their stars and also get some fun, extra maths practise. The results of any tasks completed are automatically recorded for the teacher to look at, track progress and highlight areas for development.

During Years 7 and 8 pupils follow the EDEXCEL differentiated SOW – (from the initial baseline we decide which level pupils will follow; pi, theta, delta). This scheme of work sets up the lower ability students for progression through to ELC/Functional skills/Level 1/ASDAN whilst preparing the higher ability students for the traditional route of GCSE. When opportunities arise traditional topics are taught to raise esteem and confidence.

During Year 9/10/11 there are two pathways which pupils can follow. Pathway 1 is the GCSE pathway which will see pupils walk out with a minimum of a GCSE qualification at the end of Year 11, as well as a level 1 qualification at the end of Year 9. Pathway 2 will be a progression of Entry Level Maths (Year 9), Functional Skills Entry Level (Year 10) and Level 1 (Year 11).

We are aware that some pupils who would not be able to access the full Maths GCSE content may be able to access the Statistics GCSE content. Where this is the case students will be given the opportunity to work towards this GCSE. Additionally we are aware there are pupils that could access both, and again they will be given the opportunity to do so.

The accreditations we use can be used interchangeably allowing us the flexibility to be able to move pupils between pathways if they begin to excel, or even struggle. We do not cap learning and therefore will make group changes where it will work best for the pupil.

KS5 pathways will change each year depending on the qualifications the pupils have received previously. We will always be trying to push the pupils to the next appropriate course/level as detailed at KS4.

An example of the two pathways students may follow is shown below.

 

 

Pathway 1

Pathway 2

Year 7

Pi EDEXCEL SOW Year 1.

Consolidates and develops skills learnt at primary school.

Theta EDEXCEL SOW Year 1.

Builds on skills learnt at primary school

 

Year 8

Pi EDEXCEL SOW Year 2.

Builds on previous years learning.

Theta EDEXCEL SOW Year 2.

Builds on previous years learning.

Year 9

Work towards Entry Level Certificate

Work towards Level 1 qualification in Mathematics in preparation for GCSE.

Year 10

Work towards functional skills Entry Level Certificate

Begin to work towards GCSE Mathematics.

Year 11

Work towards Level 1 qualification in Mathematics.

Some may additionally complete GCSE Statistics.

Continue work towards GCSE Mathematics.

Some may additionally complete GCSE Statistics.