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Mathematics is an essential part of everyday life for everybody regardless of their background, needs or ability level. At The Willows we ensure that all of our pupils experience Mathematics at their level, covering the vast spectrum of the subject. We are dedicated in teaching all our pupils to achieve their maximum potential in Mathematics which will aid them in life.

It is important that Mathematics is presented in a fun and varied way as we believe this promotes learning and helps understanding, therefore we use practical equipment, games, interactive whiteboard resources as well as more traditional exercises due to the fact that everyone has a different preferred learning style which we aim to cater for.

As a department we offer accredited qualifications which are appropriate for the individual and we aim to support our pupils in achieving at least one recognised qualification and give the opportunity for pupils to work towards extra options where appropriate. These qualifications include AQA Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics levels 1 to 3 and AQA Mathematics GCSE, CERTA units are continuously developed to suit the needs of the learners.

We are the only special school to have gained Centre of Excellence status for Personal Finance Education as well as being awarded with the Platinum award for Excellence in Enterprise Education, we have also won several national competitions which is encouraging to both pupils and staff that what we are offering as a school is valued and of an excellent standard.

The curriculum incorporates the Basic Skills of Mathematics as a weekly focus with a diet of topics from the other strands. The Basic Skills include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time and money.


Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS2:

Autumn Term 1

Count, order, place value

2D shapes

Sorting and classifying

Addition

Spring Term 1

Count, order, place value

2D shapes

Length

Addition

Summer Term 1

Addition/multiplication

Money

Capacity

Subtraction/division

Autumn Term 2

Weight

Collecting and displaying data

Subtraction

Money

Spring Term 2

Symmetry

Time 1—calendar

Subtraction

Money

Summer Term 2

Time Units

3D shapes

Position and Co-ordinates

Fractions

 

Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS3:

Autumn Term 1

Count, Order, Place Value

2D shapes 1—Naming and Describing

Addition

3D shapes 1-Naming, Describing, Sorting

Collecting Data—Tallies

Money

Spring Term 1

Division (Long ÷ where appropriate)

Weight

Place Value/Rounding

Number patterns—Pig Pens inv.

Pictograms/Pie charts

Using a Calculator

Summer Term 1

Length—Measuring

Areas

Fractions

Percentages/Basic skills

2D shapes 2-Tesselations

Maps/Position/Direction

Autumn Term 2

Angles

Subtraction

Multiplication

Bar Charts

Length—Perimeter

Christmas Maths

Spring Term 2

Negative Numbers

Time 1—Calendar

Symmetry

Money-Catalogues/Shops worksheets

Probability

 

Summer Term 2

Capacity

3D shapes 2-Making

‘My Money Week’ pfeg

Co-ordinates

Time 2 - Units of Time

Place Value/Special Numbers —
+/-10 x/÷ 10, 100, 1000

Money-Holidays

 

Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS4:

AQA ELC

Component 1:   Properties of number

Component2:   The four operations

Component 3:   Ratio

Component 4:   Money

Component 5:   The Calendar and Time

Component 6:   Measures

Component 7:   Geometry

Component 8:   Statistics

 

For each unit there is a set of worksheets which cover all the criteria for levels 1 to 3. After the worksheets have been completed for a unit the test for that unit can be sat under test conditions within the classroom. This process continues for all 8 written units. The teacher is allowed to do any ground work/extra work they feel necessary for each unit but once a sheet has been completed and marked it cannot be re-done.

Once all the units have been sat, the highest scores for 4 of the unit tests are to be chosen and sent along with the portfolio of work for the rest of the units.

The level of entry depends on how many points the pupils achieved in total for all 8 units.

 

GCSE: Year 10

Number

N1.2 Add, subtract, multiply and divide any number.

Algebra

N5.1, N5.1h  Manipulate algebraic expressions by collecting like terms, by multiplying a single term over a bracket, and by taking out common factors.

Geometry

G1.1 Recall and use properties of angles at a point, angles at a point on a straight line (including right angles), perpendicular lines, and opposite angles at a vertex.

G1.4 Recall the properties and definitions of special types of quadrilateral, including square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezium, kite and rhombus.

G4.1, G4.1h Calculate perimeters and areas of shapes made from triangles and rectangles.

Statistics and Probability

S3.2, S3.2h  Produce charts and diagrams for various data types. Scatter graphs, stem-and-leaf, tally charts, pictograms, bar diagrams, charts, dual bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, frequency polygons, histograms with equal class intervals.

GCSE: Year 11

Number

N1.4,N1.4h  Approximate to a given power of 10, up to three decimal places and one significant figure.

N1.6 The concepts and vocabulary of factor (divisor), multiple, common factor, highest common factor, least common multiple, prime number and prime factor decomposition.

N1.14, N1.14h  Use calculators effectively and efficiently, including statistical functions.

N2.2 Add and subtract fractions.

N2.7, N2.7h  Calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages.

N3.2 Divide a quantity in a given ratio.

Algebra

N5.4, N5.4h  Set up and solve simple linear equations.

N5.6 Derive a formula, substitute numbers into a formula and change the subject of a formula.

N5.8 Use systematic trial and improvement to find approximate solutions of equations where there is no simple analytical method of solving them.

N6.1 Generate terms of a sequence using term-to-term and position-to-term definitions of the sequence.

N6.2 Use linear expressions to describe the nth term of an arithmetic sequence.

N6.3, N6.3h  Use the conventions for coordinates in the plane and plot points in all four quadrants, including using geometric information.

N6.4 Recognise and plot equations that correspond to straight-line graphs in the coordinate plane, including finding their gradients.

Geometry

G1.2 Understand and use the angle properties of parallel and intersecting lines, triangles and quadrilaterals.

G1.3 Calculate and use the sums of the interior and exterior angles of polygons.

G1.5, G1.5h  Distinguish between centre, radius, chord, diameter, circumference, tangent, arc, sector and segment.

G1.6 Recognise reflection and rotation symmetry of 2D shapes.

G3.9 Draw triangles and other 2D shapes using a ruler and protractor.

G4.4 Calculate volumes of right prisms and of shapes made from cubes and cuboids. Including cylinders.

Statistics and Probability

S3.3, S3.3h  Calculate median, mean, range, mode and modal class.

S5.1 Understand and use the vocabulary of probability and the probability scale.

S5.2 Understand and use estimates or measures of probability from theoretical models (including equally likely outcomes), or from relative frequency.


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Drawing angles

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Statistics competition

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3D Shapes pupils made using Polydron

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Pizza division

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Food tasting for quality and value for money during ‘My Money Week’