Overview

A working understanding of maths is important for performing many functions in everyday life - it also helps us understand and interact with the world around us. It links into almost every part of our curriculum and we exploit every opportunity to make cross-curricular links.

We give our students every support in becoming as numerate as possible as they move towards adulthood. For some pupils, maths will be an essential part of everyday life, as well as a key skill required in the workplace. For others it will be a means of engagement and developing a love of learning.

Our pupils enjoy mathematics across all of the Pathways – most benefit from hands-on and practical approaches. Learning is sequenced so that key concepts are grasped before new ones are introduced. Constant formative assessment takes place in class, with teachers and support staff capturing evidence of progress or picking up misunderstandings and revisiting topics.

Assessment and parent/carer and student feedback tells us that our Maths curriculum engages learners. It helps them achieve challenging EHCP outcomes and recognised qualifications. It prepares many for college, adult life and the workplace.

Sequencing

Teaching is sequenced and planned to ensure that key concepts are grasped before we move onto other areas. This is essential for all learners, but we recognise that our students require repeated over-learning more than young people without additional learning needs. Some of our students have significant problems with memorisation – in these cases we 

We prioritise the most essential building blocks of maths (eg. concept of number, the four functions) and continue moving through topics that will be most useful in the lives of our pupils. This may include topics such as money, time, shape etc.

We discuss maths with Parents and carers in annual reviews to ensure that they understand and agree with our proposed focus for their child’s maths-related outcomes.

We take every opportunity to use and develop maths skills in all parts of the school day and encourage families to do the same outside of school.

Blue Pathway

Maths is taught in a highly sensory way for our students in the Blue Pathway. It is taught through music, song and rhyme as well as during “Bucket” sessions for Attention Autism. We focus on the areas of maths which are the most relevant and engaging for our students.

Green Pathway

Maths is linked to the termly theme and related books. The whole curriculum for this Pathway is taught this way. As with the Blue Pathway, we take the nature of students’ needs into account when considering but in the Green Pathway, a broader curriculum is covered to include place value, ordering, sequencing, the four functions and measure including time.

Yellow Pathway

Our Yellow Pathway maths content is very similar to that of our mainstream counterparts. Lessons are as practical and relevant as possible to our students. We are always aiming to prepare our students for their next educational step and for life after education, including the world of work.

Impact

We know from Annual Review feedback, from Evidence for Learning,  from observations and from comments from students that learners in all Pathways have a more positive relationship with Maths because of our approach. Students usually leave us able to understand and do more with maths than parents and carers once thought possible.

Our maths curriculum has allowed students to:

Engage more with the world around them
Travel more independently because of an understanding of timetables and money
Successfully attend a place of work and carry out daily duties (eg. Professional Chef/Teaching Assistant)
Cook with support or independently, following recipes
Live with support or independently, understanding how to operate equipment with functions linked to maths (eg microwave/fridge/freezer)
Shop with support or independently, understanding percentages, discounts, offers, budgets, money

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