At Rowan Park Teaching School we believe that Functional skills are the skills that help us become successful in life. A learner who develops ‘functional’ skills in Mathematics, English and ICT are able to consider a problem situation, identify the correct skills to address the problem and then apply them appropriately. Functional skills provide an individual with the knowledge, skills and understanding to confidently, effectively and independently operate life and the world of work (DCSF).
Functional maths focuses on promoting mathematical thinking in everyday situations and the world of work; it helps pupils to develop transferable skills that they can use throughout life. By developing Functional maths skills our pupils will develop skills that will help them to live as independently as possible, care for themselves and make choices about their lives. To be able to do this, they need to learn skills such as how to tell time, count money, understand timetables and follow instructions.
The study of Maths is an essential feature of a broad and balanced curriculum at Rowan Park and we believe that mathematical thinking and knowledge can be developed, fostered and encouraged through positive play experiences; practical, real life activities and the teaching of key skills that are relevant to the individual child and have mathematical concepts embedded within them.
The Maths curriculum offers a personalised curriculum in which pupils learn, progress and achieve. Our aim is to provide pupils with learning opportunities where they can build on skills and generalise numeracy skills across a wide range of topics and in different settings, supporting their transition to adult life.
All pupils across the whole school will be set appropriate targets in the three areas of Maths: Number, Geometry and Measurements; with those working above a P8 also having a target set in the area of Statistics. Targets will be set through individual class planning and learning objectives and embedded within a personalised Individual Education Plan (IEP). All targets sets are to be monitored, assessed and reviewed each term.
All pupils will be taught using a variety of styles appropriate to the content and the learning that best suits the individual pupil in accordance with our ‘personalised learning’ approach. The styles are to include visual, auditory and kinaesthetic opportunities. Children will also be given opportunities and access to a sensory curriculum as appropriate to their teaching and learning needs.
Number and Shape, Shape and Measure make up the area of Mathematics within the 7 areas of learning defined by the Early Learning Goals in the Foundation Stage. Children within the Early Years classroom experience mathematical learning through links with the other early learning goals as it is considered that "Learning is not compartmentalised, for everything links".
(Shared Horizons pg9 - Sefton Curriculum Guidance for Early Years)
Primary Department (KS1 & KS2)
There are currently seven classes within the Primary Department (Squirrels, Otters, Hedgehogs, Badgers, Owls, Foxes and Kingfishers). Three of these classes are resourced for pupils on the autism spectrum, as well as some children who benefit from the structure of a TEACCH approach classroom. There is also a discrete class for pupils with MDVI and three SLD classes of mixed ability, including some pupils on the autism spectrum.
Teachers within these classes follow the Scheme of Work as appropriate to their Key Stage and adapt it according to the individual needs of the pupils. Mathematics is taught four sessions a week within each of the primary classes and is embedded within each and every area of the curriculum.
Secondary Department (KS3 & KS4)
There are currently three classes within the secondary department (S1, S2 & S4). These are SLD classes of mixed ability, including some pupils on the autism spectrum who benefit from the structure of a TEACCH approach classroom.
Within KS3 the teachers follow the scheme of work as appropriate to their Key Stage and adapt it according to the individual needs of the pupils. Maths is taught on a daily basis within these classes and is embedded within each and every area of the curriculum.
Within KS4 the teachers use the EQUALS Moving On to inform their Maths planning and they follow a Scheme of Work as appropriate, adapting it to the individual needs of the pupils. At this Key Stage there is the opportunity for the students to begin accreditied programmes of study using ASDAN and providers of Entry Level qualifications.
14 - 19 Department
There are currently six classes within the 14 - 19 department (S3, Ben Nevis, Scafell, Cairngorm, Snowdon and Tryfan); one of these classes is a resourced class for pupils on the autism spectrum as well as those who benefit from the structure of a TEACCH approach classroom. There is also a discrete class for those pupils with MDVI and four classes of mixed ability, including some pupils on the autism spectrum.
Within this Key Stage the teachers use the EQUALS Moving On to inform their Maths planning and they follow a Scheme of Work as appropriate, adapting it to the individual needs of the pupils. Pupils will continue in their accredited programmes of study using ASDAN and providers of Entry Level qualifications.
There are differing abilities and attitudes to Mathematics throughout the school and as such a 'personalised approach' to learning has been adopted within every classroom. The pupils range in ability from P1 - National Curriculum Level 2. The wide range of ability has been taken in to account when developing the Maths policy and Schemes of Work.
Each pupil will be given the opportunity to experience and develop their expertise in Mathematics in order to reach their own potential within the subject.
A minority or our pupils will be working within the range P1 - P3 throughout their time at school and will make lateral progression however, they will have the opportunity to experience different mathematical concepts within the sensory curriculum and the Developmental Framework. Pupils will have specific targets set in accordance with their individual needs.
Number Day 2018
On 1st February we took part in the NSPCC Number Day to promote Maths across the school and to help raise money for the charity! Staff and pupils took part in the Number Day Challenge and wore clothes that had numbers or patterns on.
What was the Number Day Challenge?
Classes took part in a number of different activities throughout the day to try and get the highest scores. All of the activities encouraged our pupils to engage and interact with numbers and counting. The activities included: Archery, Tin Can Alley, Bowling, Hook a Duck, Target Shooting and Play Your Cards Right!
All classes took part in the activities and had lots of fun - we had some very high scores!!
The winners of Number Day were Badgers Class (Primary) and Dee Class (Secondary).
Well done to everyone for taking part - have a look at some of the photographs of our day!