Whole School Numeracy
Numeracy is considerably more than just the ability to do basic arithmetic; it is a student’s proficiency in the confident and competent use of numbers and measures. A numerate student has a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system, can accurately and efficiently (both mentally and with pencil and paper) draw on a range of strategies to calculate mathematical problems. In addition they should be able to judge the reasonableness, or otherwise, of solutions and check them, giving results to a suitable degree of accuracy.
When pupils enter in Year 7 any student identified as having low levels of numeracy is provided with additional support which may be within their maths lessons or on a one to one intervention programme. This is to enable them to “catch up” to the level of students in their year group and provide them with the confidence needed to go on to make further progress. Intervention within class is also targeted at pupils in Key Stage 3 who are not making three levels of progress, often as a result of poor numeracy skills.
At Regents Park we work hard to build on the numeracy strategies employed by our feeder schools.
In Year 7 we have introduced ‘Numeracy Ninjas’ where students tackle a series of numeracy problems against the clock and gain a ‘ninja coloured belt’ depending on their score in every maths lesson. Year 7 are also embarking on ‘Algebra Assassins’ which will stretch and challenge our students.
In Year 8, students are using Numeracy Ninja weekly in tutor time to embed those strategies studied in Year 7.
Year 9 students have numeracy in tutor time once a week focusing on GCSE problem solving.
Year 10 are being supported by a maths intervention tutor group once a week.
Year 11 students have short mentoring meetings with maths staff to support progress and are given free revision guides. There is a Year 11 maths tutor group, during this time key exam topics and revision is undertaken to prepare students for their exams. This is in place to support key students to achieve their expected progress in maths.
Homework may include tasks focused on learning key terms or formulae as well as students preparing their own starter activities to test the class on their numeracy skills. Further time is devoted to numeracy within the tutor programme where one tutor time each week focuses on a fun numeracy activity which may include matching exercise, spotting the odd one out or competing against the clock at Countdown.
Within maths, key identified students receive extra numeracy during tutor time. In September we identified the students who need support and they receive small group work within tutor time. In December the whole cohorts progress is identified and those students who require catch up sessions are supported with extra small group work also in tutor time working on improving key numeracy skills.