Year 7 Catch Up Funding Report
Using KS2 data to identify and target pupils with low confidence in numeracy, the programme was designed to spark enthusiasm, promote engagement and build confidence in using every day functional maths - working with interactive, problem solving games and activities. The programme uses year 10 Maths Ambassadors to support learning within year 7 and to generate a love of learning maths. This programme also encourages Year 10 Maths Ambassadors to develop key leadership skills, consolidate their own knowledge and build positive relationships with KS3 pupils; by volunteering as peer mentors during these morning intervention sessions.
Within maths lessons, pupils across all year groups engage with and benefit from competing in the 10 minute Numeracy Ninja challenge 2-3 times per week. They particularly enjoy using the leader board to see progress made as they achieve new Ninja Belts!
In year 7 a specific group is created of those that have not met the threshold in primary and a specific programme is generated to enable the pupils to accelerate their progress.
Numeracy Across the Curriculum
INSET for all staff has seen the development of numeracy across the curriculum – linking a designated maths teacher to all curriculum areas; ensuring a consistent school wide teaching approach to key numeracy skills.
Success shows that most pupils in this group have caught up to primary expected standard by the end of year 7. There are some pupils that were significantly below, and these have also made good progress.
Thinking Reading: This programme works with pupils who have very low literacy levels in relation to their age. Currently there are 10 pupils receiving 1-1 tuition on an intensive programme which aims to bring them in line with their peers. We hope by the end of term this programme will expand to 12 pupils and that in house expertise will, by the end of the year, train up more staff members so that we can help more students.
- Year 7 and 8 Decoding intervention: We have created small groups (>8) of weak decoders who are following a Direct Instruction Corrective Reading scheme.
- ‘Reading Club’ will take place after school. This will be run by our Teaching Assistants and will consist of one small group for each of these year groups: 7, 8, 9 and 10. These groups will read quality young adult fiction/ modern classics with a TA with the aim to rapidly boost their reading skills, build their confidence and increase their ability to access texts across the curriculum.
- Form Time Reading takes place once a week in form time. Year 7 are reading abridged Classics, year 8 are reading. The Magic of Reality and year 9 A little History of the World. This is a whole school strategy where pupils read aloud. Pupils develop their reading skills while also raising their cultural capital and boosting their vocabulary and background knowledge through having access to high quality reading material.
- In all subject areas literacy is being promoted in a variety of ways. All subjects will teach vocabulary explicitly with a focus on academic, formalised terminology. Sentence Practice ensures the deliberate practice of subject specific target language to build vocabulary and written fluency across all subjects. There is a drive to increase the amount of reading in lessons and ensure that whenever information can be disseminated via text, it should be.