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Mathematics is a core subject and seeks to equip students with the knowledge, skills and understanding of the five mathematical strands:
Through these strands pupils will learn basic skills and concepts in mathematics that will endeavour to prepare them for life and give them the tools they need to have a numeracy that is functional as well as practical. Students learn the basics of numbers and the number system, how and where to use and apply them. Students focus on the world around them through, shape and space, they learn about 2D and 3D differences, shapes and their properties. Students grasp time concepts and consider a range of measurement instruments for different activities and challenges. Data handling and statistics is also considered, applying some of the knowledge previously engaged with in other strands.
Currently students work towards an appropriate level of certification with the Cambridge Progressions in mathematics. These are modular examinations which are completed online; they focus on all of the strands of mathematics in a way many students can digest and achieve. Each unit is counted towards a future award which can be achieved at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 or up to the GCSE equivalent for KS4. For students that are able to meet the challenge of a GCSE, students cover all relevant GCSE material and complete the Mathematics GCSE in 3 separate papers in the summer.
Mathematics is made as practical and as real as possible for students across the key stages. Where appropriate students look at ‘real life’ scenarios and concepts. They use real money to learn about coins and money for example. We may consider cinema times when thinking about timings and look at measuring items around us when considering measures. Above all we aim to make mathematics fun and real to the world around us. Students will be appropriately supported in their studies with Teaching Assistant support and specific interventions to ensure all students make progress in mathematics.