Numeracy at Belvue

 

At Belvue High School we provide rich mathematical learning experiences which give students the confidence to approach and solve mathematical problems that they encounter in their everyday lives. Our teaching and support staff collectively have a range of training, skills, hobbies and interest which feed into the mathematics curriculum to ensure that it is broad and academically rich.

Touch-screen tablets have been integrated into our mathematics curriculum. On these, students can access fun and educational website resources which have been linked to each specific topic in the curriculum as well as apps and quizzes for revision.

 

We promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics learning through practical and investigative activities, multi-sensory teaching resources, peer discussions, indoor and outdoor exploration activities and vocational training. Students are challenged and encouraged to explore a variety of mathematical concepts to enhance their skills in the subject. These skills are then applied in a range of contexts such as the pupils’ very own tuck shop, break time coffee shop, Foodie Friday, festive fundraising bazaars and enterprises such as glass design and chocolate making. These projects not only increase self-esteem and confidence within the student body, but promote a culture of independence and decision-making.  

 

The curriculum is divided into six levels, with four levels of accreditation overseen by two accrediting boards.

 

  • Pre-Entry 1

  • Entry 1 - Students are entered for accreditation for this level at KS4 or 5

  • Entry 1.5 – to bridge the gap between Entry 1 & Entry 2

  • Entry 2 – Students are entered for accreditation for this level at KS4 or 5

  • Entry 3 – Students are entered for accreditation for this level at KS4 or 5

  • Level 1/GCSE - Students are entered for accreditation for this level at KS4 or 5


Each level is divided into topics & subtopics that directly link to the National Curriculum, and aims to provide students with the fundamental concepts of maths so that students can apply their knowledge to a range of everyday situations. 


Topics:

  • Introduction to Numbers – number recognition, writing & patterns.

  • Working with Numbers – rounding numbers & the four operations.

  • Fractions – common, equivalent & calculating fractions.

  • Money – recognition, calculations, change

  • Shapes – recognition, describing, comparing, symmetry

  • Time – reading, using, calculating.

  • Measurement – distance, mass, capacity.


This year we were delighted that at the end of key stage 4 31% of students achieved Entry level 1, 27% Entry level 2, 19% Entry level 3 and 23% GCSE Maths with some fantastic results.

 

 

Learning maths at home:


As with all learning, it’s important to maths as fun & relevant as possible. Activities, games, puzzles & jigsaws are a fun and interactive and help develop problem solving skills. Involving your young adult in everyday tasks such as shopping, money handling, measuring and cooking helps develop maths skills, while games such as memorising number plates assist with memory.


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