Head of Mathematics Department: Mr Munday
… much more than just knowing about numbers and number operations. It requires practical understanding and encourages the inclination to problem solve. Numeracy develops and enhances an analytical approach in dealing with measurement and handling data.
Our aim at Ark Greenwich Free School is that every teacher is a teacher of numeracy. Departments are encouraged to plan collaboratively in order to teach in an effective and consistent manner.
As a school we endeavour to:
- ensure that students receive positive messages about numeracy when used across the curriculum
- secure high standards in numeracy across the school
- set out the school's agreed approach to the teaching of numeracy skills
- provide a basis against which progress can be judged
- record methods, vocabulary and notation that have been agreed
- assist the transfer of pupil's knowledge, skills and understanding between subjects
- indicate areas for collaboration between subjects and processes for facilitating such collaboration
Specifically at Ark Greenwich Free School, we have the following in place to support numeracy across the school:
- A partnership with Mathematics Mastery which has allowed us to invest time and effort into ensuring our students are confident with the basics and have extremely strong foundations before moving on to Key Stage 4.
- Support groups (Venn) with smaller class sizes to ensure those students who are not necessarily ‘secondary ready’ are given the opportunity to make progress in line with their peers. These groups are from Year 7 onwards, with the aiming being that students ‘graduate’ out of the group over time.
- Subscriptions to several online platforms such as; Hegarty Maths, MathsWatch VLE and PiXL Maths. These websites allow our students to access additional resources from home and receive instant feedback when completing online tasks. Students are also able to access supporting videos, PowerPoints and worksheets to support their learning in class.