Faculty Leader: Miss H. Saunders
At Friars we believe every child has the right to an outstanding education enabling them to become numerate citizens, tackling problems and finance in the home and workplace with confidence and to the best of their ability.
Maths is an essential part of everyday life. We aim to help our students become fluent in basic number skills, be able to tackle problems with confidence and be able to reason mathematically.
Students are taught in class groups in Key Stage 3 and are grouped according to ability in Key Stage 4. Lessons may be delivered to whole groups where new concepts are covered or in small groups/individually in order to give additional support when necessary.
We understand that students have different learning styles and have adapted the curriculum to enable pupils to get the best from lessons whether they prefer to learn: visually, logically, aurally, verbally or physically.
Maths at Friars
At Friars, the aim of our teaching and learning, is that students will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems and persevering in seeking solutions. The aim for Friars Academy is to provide an exciting, interesting and challenging curriculum which is accessible by all our learners.
- Students follow the new Maths curriculum from September 2016.
- They study Number, Geometry and Measures, and Statistics topics (some study Algebra).
- Real-life and functional Maths is used and applied throughout Maths lessons, and across other areas of the curriculum and as part of the Friars school day.
Students follow the new specification OCR Maths Entry Level course from September 2017. The assessment is made up of two written tests and one practical task.
- Number, Shape and Data topics.
- Written and mental arithmetic skills.
- Mathematical reasoning.
- Strategies to solve problems
- Applying mathematical skills in a variety of contexts
- Mathematics outside the classroom.
Some students study AIM Awards in Maths, which are a series of Functional Skills Qualifications providing learners with the maths and numeracy skills and abilities they need to take an active and responsible role in their communities, workplace, educational settings and in their everyday life.
At Friars, all students are motivated through provision of opportunities for a positive experience of applying maths in real-life contexts; shopping at the supermarket and visiting the Cozy Café each term.
In Year 10, the students run an Enterprise company, where they work together to do finances/banking, shopping, baking cakes for sale and also working at the Cozy Café – serving customers, working out the bills, taking money and giving change.
All students at Friars Academy have a statement of Special Educational Needs. Our maths teaching incorporates strategies for overcoming common barriers and the use of a cross curricular approach to embed learning.
We aim to support cross-curricular skills:
- to encourage language development
- to aid the development of literacy; overcoming the reading barrier to enable all learners
- to work systematically and solve problems
- to maintain motivation and engage students with multiple learning styles
- by using music, art and science to make maths fun and meaningful
- with cross-curricular projects – working together to engage learners
- to develop ICT skills
- to work collaboratively and cooperatively with others, in pairs and groups.