Maths

Mathematics at Highfurlong School is delivered to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum and to provide students with essential life skills. Teachers deliver the subject in a variety of engaging approaches to enable all students to make progress and fulfil their potential. We aim to promote fluency within the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice so that pupils can develop understanding and apply their knowledge in all areas.

Teaching for mastery within school allows for number to be at the heart of everything we do within mathematics. A large amount of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency across the curriculum and students are challenged with reasoning and problem solving to provide deeper understanding. To support learning, pupils use RM Easimaths and DoodleMaths within both school and at home to help encourage regular practise of key mathematical skills.

All pupils, when introduced to a new key concept, will have the opportunity to build competency through concrete, pictorial, and abstract approaches. Pupils who are working towards the concrete stage use a ‘Track/Find/Move/Match’ method which has been developed by school, through the Special Olympics Motor Activity Training Programme, to enable progress within the Engagement Steps pathway. Pupils work on recognition and tracking of key symbols and concepts before developing the necessary motor skills required to explore number through concrete manipulatives.

At Key Stage 4 and 5, students will work towards gaining Entry Levels Certificates 1, 2 or 3 in Mathematics. As pupils progress through the school they will also be given opportunities to gain additional qualifications in Functional Skills in Maths at Entry Levels 1 or 2, as appropriate. There is also an opportunity for some pupils working at the appropriate level to work towards a GCSE qualification in Mathematics.

At Highfurlong, we regard the assessment and monitoring of Mathematics as an integral part of teaching and learning. At the beginning of each year, pupils will be set challenging targets for Mathematics which are reviewed at regular intervals so that progress can be monitored and assessed effectively using BSquared. Teachers also ensure the correct level of work is delivered to meet every pupil’s needs and all work is evidenced through our SeeSaw learning journals.