Mathematics

Keystage 3

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a student’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables students to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

We aim to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion. We use a variety of methods including many concrete apparatus for kinaesthetic learners to enable pupils to make progress, even when they find the subject difficult.

Many dyslexic children have difficulty picking up mathematical ideas.  At Moon Hall College we know they have difficulty in language, and this includes maths language.  Memory difficulties make learning tables and number bonds challenging. We have implemented strategies to support our students with accessing their tables, even if they cannot remember all of their tables. In addition we make provision for dyslexic students who also have dyscalculia by providing them with remedial work to improve their understanding of Maths.

Children are taught in small classes by specialist teachers. We liaise with speech and language therapists and occupational therapists to make the curriculum as accessible to our students.  We follow the National Curriculum to guide us in our planning for teaching.

Keystage 4

We generally start our GCSE course in Year 9, where the more advanced group will develop a deeper understanding of how the skills underpin the application of a topic. Some of our students in Year 9 and even in Year 10 will continue work on their key skills until they are ready to start on the GCSE course.

All students will have the opportunity to sit the GCSE exam, AQA linear specification (8300). We recognise that for a very few individuals getting a grade at GCSE level will not be possible and they will be given the opportunity to sit the AQA Entry Level exam instead.

We emphasise:

  • Using and applying mathematics
  • Counting and understanding number
  • Knowing and using number facts
  • Calculating
  • Understanding shape
  • Measuring
  • Handling data

We aim to provide students with an individualised experience at Moon Hall College. Regular key skills tests and worksheets, provides the teachers with a tracking system which allows them to guide each student on what areas they need to develop further.