Mathematics

Aims

Our aims are to establish and maintain an environment for each boy, which will enable them to mature into independent young men. As this happens, they will be able to learn academically at their own pace, within a guided framework, and so realise their potential.

Simply, our aims are to:

  • Allow each boy to mature at a rate that they are comfortable with.
  • Assess each boy’s ability and knowledge on initially joining Breckenbrough.
  • Ensure they know what is expected of them, both socially and academically.
  • Teaching to the highest standards of our profession.
  • Give accessibility to GCSE and ‘A’ level qualifications.

 

Day to Day

Mathematics is taught in very small groups, usually with a teaching assistant, which are based on individual needs, social and academic, and within a fully inclusive environment which is safe and nurturing. One-to-one tuition is sometimes employed to allow different learning rates. Work is differentiated to allow the maximum improvement in each boy’s knowledge and leading to full engagement and potential reached in the time that they spend at Breckenbrough.  This can mean that within a class, boys can be studying different topics, or levels, in Mathematics. The ability of our students to accept this in turn helps them to accept other views and behaviours within a social context.

Mathematics is an essential part of life and the ‘basics’ are well covered to allow even those who have a short stay with us to leave with enough to help deal with life after school. But Mathematics offers so much more and the ability to solve problems is key to being a good mathematician as well as being a fantastic life skill. As such, we will ensure that each boy will develop their own way of dealing with simple, and complex, problems so giving them a safer and more comfortable pathway through ‘real life’.

Finally, as Mathematics usually leads to ‘right and wrong’ solutions and these can be self-diagnosed, many pupils with an Asperger Syndrome diagnosis feel at home as many can struggle with the ambiguity of life.

Programmes of Study

The boys will follow a more individualised programme than is possible in most schools. Generally, they will follow Key Stage 3 up to and until, Year 8.  Some are not moved until they are ready to extend their knowledge and learning in to the Key Stage 4 (GCSE) curriculum. Those who show they are able will be started on Key Stage 5 (‘A’ level) and there is the ability to do Further Maths as a second ‘A’ level as well.

When a boy first joins the school a short period of time will be used to assess where they are, and what gaps in knowledge they have. They then will follow a more individualised programme of learning.

At present we follow the AQA programmes of study for all our certificates. The GCSE  is the AQA GCSE Mathematics 8300, our ‘A’ level is currently the AQA 7356/7357 programme.  We also offer the Entry Level qualification in Mathematics if a student is better suited for more of a functional side to their Mathematics.

A general overview as well as more detail can be seen on AQA’s website. This can easily be gained from using the following link:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/mathematics

The Future

As we have now seen the first ‘new’ GCSE exams and the new ‘A’ level syllabus has started.  Our students will continue to be supported in their journey through adolescence into adulthood.