Maths at Plantation

‘Liverpool Counts’

Numeracy for Life Quality Mark

 

 
   

Introduction

 

The Liverpool Counts Quality Mark is part of a varied programme of strategies targeted at improving maths results for the city’s children.

 

The specific remit of the Quality Mark is to tackle the negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics which are prevalent in many areas of our society.

 

We aim to challenge these widely held views and promote a culture where people readily understand the impact good numeracy skills and mathematics qualifications can have on the social, financial, health and employment aspects of their lives.

 

We also aim to support teachers and other adults in our schools to encourage pupils to make connections in their numeracy and mathematics lessons to real life contexts and with other areas of their school experiences.

 

 

 

The National Numeracy Challenge in Liverpool

 

Liverpool city region is the largest area of the country so far to sign up to a drive to improve numeracy among adults.

 

Mike Ellicock, Chief Executive of the National Numeracy Challenge, said:

 

"Being numerate means being able to use numbers and think mathematically, which is essential for so many aspects of everyday life and work. To anyone tempted to say 'I can’t do maths', we say 'Yes, you can'. We are delighted that Liverpool are launching the National Numeracy Challenge city wide and we can’t wait to see individuals, employers and other organisations getting involved."

 

Liverpool Counts fully supports this initiative and encourages all adults, especially teachers, assistants, parents, governors and ancillary staff in those schools involved in the Quality Mark, to join in by starting the online challenge.

https://www.nnchallenge.org.uk/home/index.html

Challenging negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics
 

 

“We strongly believe that the key to improving outcomes – educational, social and work related - for our young people is to focus on and challenge poor and negative attitudes towards numeracy and mathematics in schools, at home, in local communities and in the media.” 

National Numeracy

 

“Good numeracy is the best protection against unemployment, low wages and poor health”.  
Andreas Schleicher – Education Director OECD

 

“We firmly believe that if we tackle the ‘can’t do maths’ culture in our schools and communities with a challenging, consistent and persistent approach, we will improve the educational and employment outcomes for the young people of Liverpool “.
Judith Lang and Dave Carden - Liverpool Counts

 

 

Making a difference from day one: Top Tips

 

  • Be aware of what you say about maths, especially around children.
  • Challenge ANYONE that you hear making negative comments about maths.
  • Any time you hear celebrities in the media saying that they ‘can’t do maths’, or making negative comments about maths, discuss it with pupils.
  • Share your own enjoyment of maths and highlight when you have used it in everyday life.
  • Dispel the myth that there is a maths gene and that only a few people can be good at maths.
  • Encourage parents to be positive- share ‘top tips’ with them including praising effort with maths not just achievement!

 

Mathematics Mastery

 

The 5 part lesson

What do we mean by mastery?


The essential idea behind mastery is that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that: • future mathematical learning is built on solid
foundations which do not need to be re-taught; • there is no need for separate catch-up programmes due to some children falling behind; • children who, under other teaching approaches, can often fall a long way behind, are better able to keep up with their peers, so that gaps in attainment are narrowed whilst the attainment of all is raised. There are generally four ways in which the term mastery is being used in the current debate about
raising standards in mathematics:


1. A mastery approach: a set of principles and beliefs. This includes a belief that all pupils  are capable of understanding and doing mathematics, given sufficient time. Pupils are neither ‘born with the maths gene’ nor ‘just no good at maths’. With good teaching, appropriate resources, effort and a ‘can do’ attitude all children can achieve in and enjoy
mathematics.


2. A mastery curriculum: one set of mathematical concepts and big ideas for all. All pupils need access to these concepts and ideas and to the rich connections between them. There is no such thing as ‘special needs mathematics’ or ‘gifted and talented mathematics’. Mathematics is mathematics and the key ideas and building blocks are important for
everyone.


3. Teaching for mastery: a set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through
speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.

4. Achieving mastery of particular topics and areas of mathematics. Mastery is not just being able to memorise key facts and procedures and answer test questions accurately and quickly. It involves knowing ‘why’ as well as knowing ‘that’ and knowing ‘how’. It means being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.

 

LIVERPOOL MATHS PARTY DAY 2017

On July 7th 2017, we will be participating in the Liverpool Maths Party 2017. The purpose of the party day is to celebrate all facets of Maths and its relevance to our lives. With this in mind Liverpool Learning Partnership have developed virtual party bags for you to use at home.

Follow the website to download your party bag: http://www.liverpoollearningpartnership.com/liverpool-maths-party-2017/

Check our photos from the day at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Contact the School

Plantation Primary and Nursery School

Hollies Road,
Halewood,
Knowsley,
L26 0TH

Main Contact: Initial enquiries can be made to the School Office

Tel: 0151 487 5678
plantation@knowsley.gov.uk