Numeracy Support and Guidance
As part of our efforts to promote numeracy across the academy, “Maths Fact of the Week” cards are displayed in each classroom. These are filled in weekly with a new fact. The facts also appear daily on the bulletin and are read out in morning tutor.
We are delighted with the success of our Maths Marvels of the Week, where students are recognised and nominated weekly by teachers. Each student receives 20 merits for their efforts and is entered into a draw with the other Maths Marvel to receive 30 merits. The achievements are promoted on our academy Facebook page.
The academy is also very proud of our Sixth Form Numeracy Prefects who support Year 7 students in tutor time on various numeracy tasks. Each year, prefects apply for the roles, stating why they want to become involved and what they can contribute. There are also a number of Year 10 Numeracy Leaders who support Key Stage 3 students during tutor time. The sessions are always very positive and our new students are always keen to impress.
COVID 19 UPDATE
This year, we are unable to run inter year group sessions due to covid restrictions. We are currently looking at ways our sixth form prefects can continue to support and promote numeracy through tutor and assembly activities
Times Table Rockstars
Some of our Key Stage 3 students are trialling our latest resource – Times Table Rockstars. The resource is designed to improve students’ confidence and speed with their times tables. Each student creates their own rock star name and avatar and practices their times table through quick fire 60 second games. Every correct answer is awarded with coins, which can then be traded in to buy “extras” for their avatars. There is no limit to the number of times a student can play and we actively encourage them to log on in their own time.
Students’ results are entered on to a leader board, which is updated daily. Prizes and certificates will be awarded half termly for the top 3 students. It is early days, but students are enjoying the competitive edge alongside improving their numeracy skills.
Results will be posted on the website! Keep your eyes out to see if your son/daughter features!