Mathematics is diverse, engaging and essential in equipping students with the right skills to reach their full potential. Through our style of teaching and small groupings we pride ourselves on helping students to reach their full potential whatever their level of ability or aspiration. The aim of all Maths learning and teaching at The Orchard Centre is to ensure that all of the students we teach are able to gain the highest level of qualification that they can during their time with us. Students who attend the Orchard PRU all arrive with an individual set of circumstances and an individual ‘journey’ as far as their Maths education is concerned. This means that we adopt a variety of teaching strategies that are specifically suited to the needs of individual pupils.
Teachers here go to great lengths to relate mathematics to real-life situations, with the use of varied audio visual aids to increase interest and confidence in the subject. Paramount to the ethos of Mathematics teaching at The Orchard Centre is the demonstration to pupils that maths is fun, it’s for everyone and that it can be taught and learnt in an interesting and stimulating manner.
With a desire to improve the use of technology in our math department we have acquired Mathswatch licence so pupils can have access to the Mathswatch website via their own individual username and password. This will enable them to have full access both at home and at school to a range of mathematical activities for revision with audio visual support, to practice real exam questions with instant worked solutions. With an online bank of questions that are automatically marked Mathwatch will provide plenty of opportunity for pupil to work independent and on specific target areas.
Departmental aims include:
- Fostering a positive attitude towards, and enjoyment of the subject
- Developing understanding of the basic concepts and deep structures of numbers that can be applied not just to school work but in society as a whole.
- Enhancing an understanding and recognition of best practice in answering exam questions
- Imparting the skills necessary to produce a logical and clearly reasoned response to using appropriate mathematical notation accurately.
- Encouraging creative thinking and confidence building so that pupils can solve standard as well as unusual problems
- Establishing skills in the analysis of and interpretation of given numerical information using it to draw conclusions, make reasonable evaluations and informed decisions
- Maximising the mathematical understanding and achievement of every pupil
Courses Offered and Examinations Taken:
The Curriculum-5 year Schemes of Work
All of the courses offered and course materials used closely follow those used in mainstream schools. It is important for us to mirror what is taught in mainstream schools as closely as possible so that any student moving from The Orchard Centre back to mainstream does not lose any time, experience, or methodology which could set their progress back before they start.
As students gradually increase their time in mainstream, their whole learning experience at The Orchard Centre can revolve around their mainstream work. If a student remains with us for an extended period, we will ensure that their learning is monitored and progress is made ready to take similar external exams to those that they would have taken in mainstream.
The Department follows the Edexcel syllabus for pupils aiming to gain a GCSE qualification and offers entry level qualifications as well as functional skills mathematics up to level two.
The Schemes of Work follow the Edexcel route of a 2 year KS3 and a 3 year GCSE. Years 9, 10 and 11 students are following the new Edexcel 3 year GCSE Scheme of Work programme of study. The low attainer Scheme of Work leads into Foundation GCSE, middle attainer into Foundation or Higher and higher attainer, Higher tier only.
Functional Skills Level 1 Curriculum Overview
Functional skills qualifications in mathematics assess three interrelated process skills:
- Representing- selecting the mathematics and information to model a situation
- Analysing-processing and using mathematics
- Interpreting-interpreting and communicating the results of the analysis
Functional skills qualifications in mathematics are available at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, level 1 and level 2. The criteria for these qualifications specify the requirements in terms of skill standards and coverage and range at each level. At each level of the qualification, these subsume the previous level’s skill standards and the indicative coverage and range, supporting a progression.
The KS3 programme of study begins by building on the skills learnt in primary school. Essential number work is taught with particular emphasis on ‘smart’ ways to solve problems. Familiarity and confidence with number lays the foundation for the other aspects of math including shape, space and measure, data handling, algebra and probability.
Students in Year 7 generally have a wide range of starting points in terms of the math content they have studied and the academic levels they have reached. Planning for lessons has to take account of this and so each topic is differentiated to take account of the differing starting levels.
Topics for Key Stage 3:
- Place value of numbers and decimals.
- Indices, powers and roots.
- Factors, multiples and primes.
- The four rules of number
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Metric and imperial measures
- Order of operations
Shape, Space and Measure
- Angles and proofs.
- Constructing triangles.
- Special quadrilaterals.
- Angles in polygons.
- Area and perimeter
- 2D and 3D shapes and their properties
- Constructions and Loci
- Pythagoras’ Theorem
- Similar Shapes
- It all adds up to 1
- Chances in probability
- Experimental probability
- What are your chances?
- Collecting data
- Interpreting data
- Presenting data
- Frequency tables
- Reading and interpreting graphs
- Functions and mapping
- Distance-Time graphs
- Using letters to communicate
- Understanding brackets
- Developing and using formulae
- Constructing equations
- Solving equations