Mathematics is an essential part of everyday life for everybody regardless of their background, needs or ability level. At The Willows we ensure that all of our pupils experience Mathematics at their level, covering the vast spectrum of the subject. We are dedicated in teaching all our pupils to achieve their maximum potential in Mathematics which will aid them in life.
It is important that Mathematics is presented in a fun and varied way as we believe this promotes learning and helps understanding, therefore we use practical equipment, games, interactive whiteboard resources as well as more traditional exercises due to the fact that everyone has a different preferred learning style which we aim to cater for.
As a department we offer accredited qualifications which are appropriate for the individual and we aim to support our pupils in achieving at least one recognised qualification and give the opportunity for pupils to work towards extra options where appropriate. These qualifications include AQA Entry Level Certificate in Mathematics levels 1 to 3 and AQA Mathematics GCSE, CERTA units are continuously developed to suit the needs of the learners.
We are the only special school to have gained Centre of Excellence status for Personal Finance Education as well as being awarded with the Platinum award for Excellence in Enterprise Education, we have also won several national competitions which is encouraging to both pupils and staff that what we are offering as a school is valued and of an excellent standard.
The curriculum incorporates the Basic Skills of Mathematics as a weekly focus with a diet of topics from the other strands. The Basic Skills include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, time and money.
Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS2:
Autumn Term 1 Count, order, place value 2D shapes Sorting and classifying Addition Spring Term 1 Count, order, place value 2D shapes Length Addition Summer Term 1 Addition/multiplication Money Capacity Subtraction/division 
Autumn Term 2 Weight Collecting and displaying data Subtraction Money Spring Term 2 Symmetry Time 1—calendar Subtraction Money Summer Term 2 Time Units 3D shapes Position and Coordinates Fractions 
Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS3:
Autumn Term 1 Count, Order, Place Value 2D shapes 1—Naming and Describing Addition 3D shapes 1Naming, Describing, Sorting Collecting Data—Tallies Money Spring Term 1 Division (Long ÷ where appropriate) Weight Place Value/Rounding Number patterns—Pig Pens inv. Pictograms/Pie charts Using a Calculator Summer Term 1 Length—Measuring Areas Fractions Percentages/Basic skills 2D shapes 2Tesselations Maps/Position/Direction

Autumn Term 2 Angles Subtraction Multiplication Bar Charts Length—Perimeter Christmas Maths Spring Term 2 Negative Numbers Time 1—Calendar Symmetry MoneyCatalogues/Shops worksheets Probability
Summer Term 2 Capacity 3D shapes 2Making ‘My Money Week’ pfeg Coordinates Time 2 – Units of Time Place Value/Special MoneyHolidays 
Here is an overview of the topics we teach at KS4:
AQA ELC
Component 1: Properties of number
Component2: The four operations
Component 3: Ratio
Component 4: Money
Component 5: The Calendar and Time
Component 6: Measures
Component 7: Geometry
Component 8: Statistics
For each unit there is a set of worksheets which cover all the criteria for levels 1 to 3. After the worksheets have been completed for a unit the test for that unit can be sat under test conditions within the classroom. This process continues for all 8 written units. The teacher is allowed to do any ground work/extra work they feel necessary for each unit but once a sheet has been completed and marked it cannot be redone.
Once all the units have been sat, the highest scores for 4 of the unit tests are to be chosen and sent along with the portfolio of work for the rest of the units.
The level of entry depends on how many points the pupils achieved in total for all 8 units.
GCSE: Year 10
Number
N1.2 Add, subtract, multiply and divide any number.
Algebra
N5.1, N5.1h Manipulate algebraic expressions by collecting like terms, by multiplying a single term over a bracket, and by taking out common factors.
Geometry
G1.1 Recall and use properties of angles at a point, angles at a point on a straight line (including right angles), perpendicular lines, and opposite angles at a vertex.
G1.4 Recall the properties and definitions of special types of quadrilateral, including square, rectangle, parallelogram, trapezium, kite and rhombus.
G4.1, G4.1h Calculate perimeters and areas of shapes made from triangles and rectangles.
Statistics and Probability
S3.2, S3.2h Produce charts and diagrams for various data types. Scatter graphs, stemandleaf, tally charts, pictograms, bar diagrams, charts, dual bar charts, pie charts, line graphs, frequency polygons, histograms with equal class intervals.
GCSE: Year 11
Number
N1.4,N1.4h Approximate to a given power of 10, up to three decimal places and one significant figure.
N1.6 The concepts and vocabulary of factor (divisor), multiple, common factor, highest common factor, least common multiple, prime number and prime factor decomposition.
N1.14, N1.14h Use calculators effectively and efficiently, including statistical functions.
N2.2 Add and subtract fractions.
N2.7, N2.7h Calculate with fractions, decimals and percentages.
N3.2 Divide a quantity in a given ratio.
Algebra
N5.4, N5.4h Set up and solve simple linear equations.
N5.6 Derive a formula, substitute numbers into a formula and change the subject of a formula.
N5.8 Use systematic trial and improvement to find approximate solutions of equations where there is no simple analytical method of solving them.
N6.1 Generate terms of a sequence using termtoterm and positiontoterm definitions of the sequence.
N6.2 Use linear expressions to describe the nth term of an arithmetic sequence.
N6.3, N6.3h Use the conventions for coordinates in the plane and plot points in all four quadrants, including using geometric information.
N6.4 Recognise and plot equations that correspond to straightline graphs in the coordinate plane, including finding their gradients.
Geometry
G1.2 Understand and use the angle properties of parallel and intersecting lines, triangles and quadrilaterals.
G1.3 Calculate and use the sums of the interior and exterior angles of polygons.
G1.5, G1.5h Distinguish between centre, radius, chord, diameter, circumference, tangent, arc, sector and segment.
G1.6 Recognise reflection and rotation symmetry of 2D shapes.
G3.9 Draw triangles and other 2D shapes using a ruler and protractor.
G4.4 Calculate volumes of right prisms and of shapes made from cubes and cuboids. Including cylinders.
Statistics and Probability
S3.3, S3.3h Calculate median, mean, range, mode and modal class.
S5.1 Understand and use the vocabulary of probability and the probability scale.
S5.2 Understand and use estimates or measures of probability from theoretical models (including equally likely outcomes), or from relative frequency.