In the Maths Department at Oak Grove College we have a dedicated specialist team of Maths teachers who strive to support students in functional numeracy; to help prepare them for adult life and also to enable them to achieve the best qualification they can.
Each half term we have a functional maths skill focus. These are:
- Autumn term 1 – Time
- Autumn term 2 – Measures
- Spring term 1 – Money
- Spring term 2 – Time
- Summer term 1 – Measures
- Summer term 2 – Money
All KS3 and 4 classes follow a similar Long term plan according to their stage (A link for this can be found below).
Students in KS4 working towards a GCSE will follow an adapted curriculum which covers the GCSE syllabus and also focuses on the Functional Skills Level 1 & 2 objectives.
We work hard to ensure students feel supported, confident and interested in their lessons. We make learning engaging, appropriate for the individual child and relevant to the world around them.
MLD Maths Team
Gemma Kelly – Lead Teacher of Numeracy & CPD Co-ordinator
Laura Vallone – Teacher & Pastoral Leader of Year 6th Form
Lisa Moore – Teacher & Pastoral Leader of Avatar Family Group
Nina Pearson – Teacher and Lead Teacher for Numeracy and Literacy across the curriculum.
Carolien Reynolds – Teacher
Becky Over-Merison – Teacher
Adrian Green – 6th Form Teacher
Paul Sandford – Maths Specialist Support Assistant for Intervention
At KS4 we offer Functional Maths Skills (entry level 1 to Level 2) and GCSE Maths accreditation, according to student requirements, and students achieve excellent results.
In 6th Form we currently offer City & Guilds Mathematics Skills. Students work towards units they have chosen. The units each have credits which can be exchanged for either Single Unit Awards, Themed Awards or a Certificate depending on the number and range of units undertaken.
How can you help your child?
Families can support by helping their child to familiarise themselves with:
- Moneyby taking them shopping and asking them to pay and work out change;
- Measuresby asking them to help measure out quantities when doing the cooking;
- Timeby providing them with access to both an analogue and digital clock/watch and by asking them questions about how long things take, what time would we need to leave etc.
You can also encourage your child to practise their mental maths skills by using “Sumdog”. Sumdog is an engaging online programme, which adjusts the level of challenge according to students’ accuracy and speed of answers. Your child has their log in details, however, should they have forgotten them, contact their maths teacher who will have the log in details.
We also have a subscription to the ‘MyMaths’ website where some students are asked to complete their homework.
The college login details are:
Login – OGC
Password – number
Students have individual logins and passwords for their portal. Please feel free to consult their Maths teacher to obtain these details or if you have any further queries.
Below are links to our College Maths Policy and our Progression in Calculation policy. The latter explains the methods of calculation we teach our students.
If you have any enquiries about how to use any of these methods of calculations, please contact Gemma Kelly, Lead Teacher of Numeracy, and she will talk you through them.
We thank you for your continued support.