Maths & Numeracy

The Learn to Live Federation gives students a range of practical mathematical opportunities which enable them to feel confident in their ability. We strive to make learning fun and interactive, covering a range of topics that engage all learners and supports their learning style to be the best mathematicians they can be. Maths is embedded in the daily school routine ensuring that there are always opportunities for learning. Maths develops independence and decision making skills which are integrated through the whole curriculum. We teach Maths and numeracy at a level that is appropriate to the learning styles, needs and motivation of each pupil.

Teaching time – Maths is taught every day – this may be through discrete teaching sessions or through other curriculum areas. We teach Maths skills through all learning situations that the pupils encounter during the day such as playtime, snack time or lunchtime. Many opportunities are made to ensure that the pupils use their skills in practical situations such as cooking, shopping and travel training.

Maths Coverage – Areas of learning – We offer our students a broad and balanced curriculum which covers all areas of Maths. We have devised a developmental curriculum that encompasses the following areas:

  • Number
  • Shape and Space
  • Measure
  • Time
  • Money
  • Statistics & Data

Maths at different stages – all our students learn at different rates so teachers will support each student to meet their full potential. The information below gives an overview of each Key Stage but students will work at the level which is appropriate to their learning style:

Early Years – Learning though exploration and experimentation. Maths teaching in the Early Years is play based with opportunities provided for children to learn mathematical concepts through continuous provision e.g. big and small, object permanence. In addition to this number and shape awareness are built on through music and singing. Building an awareness of Maths concepts e.g. shapes, numbers. Object permanence and 1:1 correspondence.

Key Stage 1 – Maths teaching is play based with short bursts of discrete teaching as pupils become developmentally ready. Play opportunities aim to support generalisation of discretely taught skills and knowledge. When preparing children to move to KS2 staff ensure they have had some experience of adult led learning opportunities in amongst the continuous provision. Children are supported to engage in adult led work and build their focus and attention.

Key Stage 2 Maths is taught as a discrete subject and is embedded throughout other activities e.g. counting in PE, sharing cups at snack time. More adult led learning – teaching a range of skills. Students becoming more able to sit and attend to a task.

Key Stage 3 – A deeper understanding in Maths and starting to understand why. Identifying and filling in gaps in knowledge and understanding. Using word problems to use maths in different contexts. Use the Maths knowledge they have in real life to help with motivation and engagement. Use a range of practical activities.

Key Stage 4 – Building independence and confidence. Practical application of Maths. Functional skills tests for some students – getting used to word problems, exam conditions, choosing the right equipment and methods. Using Maths in food technology, games, Science and sensory activities. Maths investigations and group work.

Key Stage 5 – In Key Stage  5, Maths is delivered through personalised programmes, in response to the individual needs and outcomes identified for each student, linking to Preparing for Adulthood outcomes. The focus is on students being able to use and apply Maths skills functionally, (for example, within the workplace, or independent life skills contexts). There is also the opportunity for students to work towards accreditation in Functional Maths, if relevant and appropriate.

Home/School Agreement Targets – The Cognition and Learning section of our Home School Agreement targets have a specific area for Maths and English up to KS3. In KS4 Maths and English targets can be found in the Education and Employment section of Preparing for Adulthood.

Assessing Maths – Maths is assessed using Evidence for Learning – photographs, videos, notes and work can be uploaded by Teachers and Teaching Assistants and linked to the individual students’ targets.

Qualifications – Where formal accreditation is appropriate to an individual’s pathway and outcomes, we offer Edexcel Entry Level Functional Skills to KS4 and KS5. Students are informally tested twice a year to ensure they are on track and then formal tests are administered in May each year. The assessments contain calculator and non-calculator papers, and students can sit tests at Entry Level 1, 2 and 3.

Family Involvement – Some families may like to work with their child/young person at home. Families have information about learning in Maths through Home School Agreement targets. If families would like further information to help them support Maths learning at home please ask the class teacher.

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