Mathematics covers six key areas; 1) Number 2) Algebra 3) Ratio, Proportion & Rates of change 4) Geometry and Measures 5) Probability 6)Statistics. Within these areas there are numerous topics that must be covered within Maths lessons. Often in Maths these topics will only be covered once or twice a year and therefore students can sometimes start to forget them over time.
Numeracy aims to identify the most important skills that a student must have when they leave school and proactively ensure that these skills are not only understood for the lesson in which they are taught, but throughout a child’s school life and beyond.
Being numerate is one of the most important skills a child must have when they leave school. Employers up and down the country are asking schools to do more to ensure that when students leave school they are competent in core numeracy skills. Abbey Grange has taken steps to support this drive by putting in place a Numeracy Progress Leader.
The Numeracy Progress Leader at Abbey Grange is in place to identify the core skills that employers are looking for and to drive the whole school toward ensuring that students leave school competent in these areas. The core skills that have been identified are as follows:
Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Understanding and Using Money, Telling the Time, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Rounding Numbers, Finding Percentages of Quantities, Changing Fractions – Decimals – Percentages, Dividing Quantities by Ratios, Proportion, Measuring and Weighing, Reading Scales, Calculating Area and Perimeter, Knowing the names of Shapes, Reading and understanding Pie Charts, Bar Charts and Line Graphs.
These twenty core skills have been identified due to their importance in both everyday life and within a work environment. It is the aim of Abbey Grange to ensure that all students are competent in the use of these skills by the end of year 11.
Abbey Grange has already begun to put steps in place to support students to achieve these core skills. We have:
There are many ways that you can help your child with their numeracy skills.
Print off the core skills list and have it in your home – look for opportunities to use the skills e.g. adding up your shopping bill, working out percentage savings, measuring out weights etc.
Print off the 2012/13 home support booklet and get your child to complete a few pages each week.
Ask your child to logon to the school learning platform and complete exercises from the online software; Numeracy Workout, MyMaths and Sumdog.
Check how well they performed in the Core Skills Test (completed in December and July) and target your help to those areas that they did not perform well in.
Encourage your child to talk to his / her teacher when there is a topic that they do not fully understand.
The Numeracy date is seen by all students in Year 7 to Year 11 on a daily basis. Students from Abbey Grange and Lightcliffe Academy are encouraged to help produce these dates. Year 7 and Year 8 students now include the Numeracy date in their IMYC journal.
All students gain access in form time to weekly Numeracy, Literacy or STEM activities. The Numeracy activities are linked to a ‘Mathematical Area’ or real life Numeracy.
Mathematics lessons contain problem solving, reasoning and fluency which enables students to gain a deeper understanding of interlinked topics. Every fortnight they will also be challenged with a mathematical problem which gives an opportunity to ‘think outside the box’.
Abbey Grange has an impressive history in Maths competitions and this year has been no different.
The Pop Maths Quiz is a school’s event as part of the Leeds Festival of Science. A team consists of six students from Year 7 and Year 8. Students are asked 20 challenging questions and given 3 minutes to work as a team to find an answer. This year there was a tie breaker scenario between three schools. Abbey Grange won the tie breaker and brought a trophy back to school for the third year in a row.
The Senior Team Challenge involved a group of four students from Year 12 and Year 13. The competition tests mathematical, communication and teamwork skills. The students gained immensely from participation.
The Maths Feast is run by the FMSP for Year 10 students. This year we took two teams of four students to the regional final. One group gained a certificate for the Pentominoes round and the other team for the True/False round.
The UKMT Team Challenge is for a group of four students from Year 8 and Year 9. This year Abbey Grange won the regional final and we were invited to London to participate in the National Final. The National Final was an amazing experience against 87 other schools. As this was the first year we attended this level of competition, we were happy to gain experience of the expectations and standards that were required.
The UKMT Maths competitions are divided into three categories, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. The challenge involves answering 25 multiple choice questions in one hour and is sat in school under exam conditions. Nationally, the top 40% receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3.
The Junior Maths Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 8 or below in England. High scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Kangaroo or Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Nationally, the top 40% receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. This year Abbey Grange was awarded 14 Gold awards, 17 silver awards and 38 bronze awards. In addition, three students qualified for the Junior Kangaroo.
The Intermediate Maths Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 11 or below. High scorers are invited to participate in various Kangaroo or Olympiads. Nationally, the top 40% receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. This year Abbey Grange was awarded 13 Gold awards, 13 silver awards and 23 bronze awards. In addition, eleven students qualified for follow on rounds. This included five students for the Pink Kangaroo where 1 gained a merit, four students for the Grey Kangaroo where 1 gained a merit and 2 students for the Cayley Olympiad where both students gained a merit.
The Senior Maths Challenge is aimed at pupils in Year 13 or below. High scorers are invited to participate in the Junior Kangaroo or Junior Mathematical Olympiad. Nationally, the top 60% receive a gold, silver or bronze certificate in the ratio 1:2:3. This year Abbey Grange was awarded 2 Gold awards, 12 silver awards and 18 bronze awards. In addition, two students qualified for the Senior Kangaroo and 1 gained a merit.
The Mathematical Olympiad for Girls is aimed at girls in Year 11 to 13 to inspire them to get involved in advanced mathematical problem solving. Of the five girls who participated, 2 gained distinctions.
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