Pupils at Reach Academy are taught maths for 4/5 lessons per week. It is our aim to support all students to fulfil their maximum potential in this subject and to become as numerate as they possibly can during their time with us, in order to prepare them for the next phase of their education. In order to help support students, they undertake a baseline assessment within their first few sessions to give us robust set of data on their ability and allow us to plan for their individual needs.
At the start of each unit of work a brief ‘test’ is undertaken to identify gaps in knowledge and demonstrate progress throughout the unit of work. The programmes of study is then tailored to ensure that individual pupils make the progress that they are capable of. A strong emphasis is given to numeracy to help develop confidence in their own abilities. Increased confidence brings a greater resilience towards learning and enables students to succeed in their future academic challenges.
The maths curriculum covers all four operations in number, fraction and algebra, geometry and place value in an engaging yet challenging way – areas that need deep understanding to facilitate future learning. All aspects of Maths are covered within the syllabus. The Schemes of Work we have developed aims to increase fluency, develop mathematical reasoning and enable problem solving in number systems, calculations, shape, space and measure, algebra and handling data. Cross curricula links between cooking, computing and art citizenship and PSHE are also made explicit.
Online learning platforms including Hegarty Maths and Times Table Rockstars are used to allow students to consolidate their knowledge and develop independent learning.