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Mathematics and Numeracy

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The key principles of this AoLE and guidance can be found here

 

Aims: We have the ambition to make Maths & Numeracy relevant to all learners. To be fully inclusive we have to work creatively and Maths & Numeracy can look very different in all classrooms. This document explains how we do that at Ysgol Y Gogarth.

 

Vision

  1. Mathematics & Numeracy is embedded across the school and is planned for learners to develop functional numeracy skills through meaningful experiences that will enable them to be as independent as possible when they leave Ysgol Y Gogarth.

  2. Mathematics & Numeracy experiences are inclusive, and as exciting and accessible as possible for all learners.

  3. Every teacher is a numeracy teacher and we strive to offer an engaging, personalised and targeted approach to Mathematics & Numeracy that suits the social, emotional, physical and academic needs of all of our learners whilst building their mathematical resilience

  4. Learners are encouraged to be creative and have access to hands-on, kinaesthetic and multi-sensory mathematical experiences

  5. At Ysgol Y Gogarth we ensure that Mathematics & Numeracy are taught both as an academic subject and as a life skill. We understand the importance of Mathematics & Numeracy, how it can underpin so many aspects of our daily lives and how it is essential for progress in other areas of learning

 

All learners are given opportunities to explore mathematically rich environments both indoors and outdoors.

                  

Considerations: Learners at Ysgol Y Gogarth will gain mathematical skills through their personalised exciting curriculum enabling them to develop towards the four purposes. Each learners’ mathematical journey is individualised and sessions are tailored to their specific needs, some learners benefit from using tactile materials such as water, foam or sand to help them understand mathematical concepts whilst others may benefit from using technology such as iPads, iBoards or laptops to help them acquire and practise math skills. Teachers plan experiences that are connected, intrinsically interesting and relevant for each learner, providing experiences that will enable them to become ambitious mathematicians.

The five mathematical proficiencies – conceptual understanding, communication using symbols, fluency, logical reasoning and strategic competence can be applied and connected using a range of real-life contexts to introduce and explore mathematical concepts, as well as to consolidate them.

 

Planning: The 12 pedagogical principles support teachers in planning for the Curriculum for Wales and provide a starting point for thinking about our pedagogical approach.

In order to encourage our pupils to achieve in Mathematics & Numeracy, teachers look at both the Curriculum For Wales and the Numeracy Framework, and plan to ensure the individual needs, abilities and potential of all our learners are met.

Long Term Planning has been developed using the Big Questions to help our teachers plan a stimulating curriculum and ensuring coverage of all What Matters Statements across a three year cycle. The AoLE lead allocates a different ‘What Matters Statement’ for Mathematics & Numeracy per term.

Medium Term Planning has the same format throughout the school. The Medium Term plan promotes a cross-curricular approach and includes the skills for Numeracy that learners will develop in addressing the terms’ Big Question. It is a comprehensive document.

Short term planning includes sufficient detail to capture learning outcomes, grouping of learners, differentiation of tasks, opportunities for assessment and all of the practical considerations needed for the week. All lessons/sessions are planned with clear learning objectives and learning is differentiated to individual learner levels. Learning opportunities take place in the community as well as within the school or college environment and wherever possible, cross-curricular links are made explicit. For example, ingredients might be planned, costed, bought and then weighed in a food technology lesson to reinforce numeracy.

 

Monitoring and Assessment: All learners have an Earwig profile where their mathematical journey and achievements are evidenced, skills are built upon coherence, and intentional progression and sequencing of topics lays the foundation for the mathematics that is developed from the Early Years to Post 16. The AoLE lead monitors Earwig on a termly basis.

We carry out both formative and summative assessments in Maths & Numeracy. See ‘Assessment, Recording, Reporting and Marking Policy’ for further information.

 

The AoLE lead will evaluate termly against the Mathematics & Numeracy development plan.

 

Resources: We acknowledge that youngsters learn in many different ways and we recognise the need to develop strategies and resources that allow all learners to learn in ways that best suit them. We take into account that learners have a preferred learning style when planning lessons, resources and experiences.

Opportunities for learners to learn in different ways include independent work, group work, songs, sensory experiences, investigating and problem solving, use of different technologies, interactive computational work, participation in physical activity, designing and making things, learning in the community and/or learning during work experience.

 

Our Mathematical Journeys

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Cymraeg & Cynefin:The school takes every opportunity to promote a Welsh ethos. Every learner is given the opportunity to experience the language and culture of Wales through mathematical experiences such as shopping in local stores, travel experiences, exploring shapes in our local community and developing appropriate Welsh vocabulary to support Mathematics & Numeracy.

Supporting teachers: Staff at Ysgol Y Gogarth are supported through various means. For example, through informal conversations with the AoLE lead, dedicated curriculum meetings, training opportunities provided by GwE and the LEA.

Our school uses the TRIAD model to promote professional learning where teachers have opportunities to reflect on authentic experiences and Senior Leader Learning Walks are planned into the school year.

Beginning in Spring 2024 the AoLE lead will hold termly Maths & Numeracy ‘surgeries’ offering allocated time for staff to seek guidance, including planning, resources and training opportunities.

Supporting parents and carers

The establishment of the Maths Café in 2024 will provide opportunity for parents and carers to meet with the AoLE lead to discuss how they can enhance their child’s Maths and Numeracy experiences at home and out and about in the community by having opportunities to engage in a range of mathematical activities and challenges.

Updated March 2024  - Mrs Sian Hughes AOLE Lead

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