Mathematics at Park Community Academy covers the full range of skills needed for pupils to be confident and functional in the wider environment. We strive to provide a stimulating environment to make learning fun, interactive and draw on personal experiences so that pupils can achieve their full potential in the subject. We aim to foster curiosity, develop confidence in tackling new skills and concepts by enabling pupils to evaluate and reflect on their and other pupils work.
By using maths for mastery teaching strategies we enable pupils to experience well-structured classroom activities involving interaction and dialogue between the teacher and pupils. Our pupils are introduced to mathematical concepts through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to gain a deeper conceptual understanding of subject content. Pupils are encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts through questions designed to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills and opportunities to agree, build or challenge when considering outcomes from their peers. A number of classes throughout KS2 and KS3 and some pupils from KS4 are using the Maths No Problem programme which heavily focuses on the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. This enables pupils to learn new ideas and build on their existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a more familiar and tangible way. Pupils also have the opportunity of enhancing their skills further by learning outside the classroom and in the local community.
Our pupils can gain a range of accredited qualifications, depending on their ability.
During Key Stage 4, pupils will work towards gaining Entry Levels 1, 2 or 3 in Mathematics. Pupils demonstrating an appropriate level of understanding of mathematical concepts and problem solving may also work towards a GCSE qualification in Mathematics.
As pupils progress through the school they will be given opportunities to gain additional qualifications in Functional Skills in Maths at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, as appropriate.
Sixth Form students will learn how to apply maths in a range of functional settings and will work towards Functional Skills in Mathematics at Entry Levels 1, 2 or 3, Level One or Level Two, as appropriate. There is also an opportunity for some pupils working at the appropriate level to work towards a GCSE qualification in Mathematics in the Sixth Form.
At Park Community Academy, we regard assessment and monitoring of Mathematics as an integral part of teaching and learning. Therefore, the pupils’ progress will be assessed throughout the year which allows the teachers to match the correct level of work to the pupil’s needs which benefits the pupil and ensures progress. At the beginning of each year the pupils will be set challenging targets for Mathematics which will be reviewed at the end of the academic year so that progress can be closely monitored through Bsquared assessment objectives.