During our review activities, members of the Pupil Voice Group and the AoLe Leader undertook workbook Scrutiny and Listening to Learners activities. Additionally, the AoLe Leader completed data analysis of standardised testing and reviewed progress of the new LPS Curriculum projects.
We identified the following strengths related to our Action Plan and additional ‘Return to School’ focus (Developing Numeracy: Bonds, Place Value, Tables & 4 Operations);
Throughout the year, all classes have produced purposeful topic-based Numeracy activities which have allowed for pupils to confidently demonstrate a high standard of work equitable to discreet maths lessons. For example, in KS2 learners used formulas when planning a Tudor voyage and pie charts to represent historical data. In the Foundation Phase, learners used their knowledge of number to solve alien problems.
Planning and development of our new LPS Curriculum projects, centred around the Curriculum for Wales, has been a focal point of development throughout the year. The content of which, has been continually reviewed and improved throughout the process. Staff have used their professional knowledge and expertise to develop a variety of rich Numeracy opportunities linked to their topics which will allow pupils to explore mathematical concepts and apply their skills in real-life, relevant and practical concepts.
Throughout the year, all classes have taught a range of Place Value activities linked to the LPS Scheme which is enabling pupils to focus on the basic four operations and make rapid steps to 'catch-up' following the 2020 school closure. This has been further enhanced upon our ‘second’ return with approximately 250 lessons taught around the four operations (Y2-Y6) since our Spring return. This has resulted in nearly all learners making positive progress throughout the year.
These standards are further evidenced in the planning and teaching of approximately 50 reasoning tasks involving the four operations (Y2-Y6) since our Spring return. These tasks have continued to demonstrate a high standard of work equitable to discreet maths lessons. For example, in KS2, learners were able to calculate the volume of the Pyramids at Giza and in the Foundation Phase, learners used their estimation and reasoning skills to help Captain Buttons to solve problems.
The MathMagicians surveyed members of their class and found that 71% of pupils (Y2-Y6) ‘enjoy’ or ‘really enjoy’ maths. This shows that pupils at LPS have maintained their enthusiasm for learning and are enjoying their time at school.
Effective use of MyMaths throughout the second lockdown enabled many pupils to continue developing their numeracy skills. This, along with the targeted teaching of place value and the four operations, ensured that nearly all pupils made positive progress. Analysis of test data demonstrates that pupils attaining below average in the Autumn term reduced from 40% to 12% in the Summer term, whilst pupils attaining above average rose from 28% in the Autumn term to 74% in the Summer term.
MathMagicians to review new LPS Curriculum Projects to check for coverage and progression and opportunities for self-determined learning.
Provide further support for children identified as being disadvantaged by the school closures.
Further enhance application of PV and four operations across the curriculum.