At Newark Orchard Special School, we strive for our students to be successful and proficient

mathematicians. Maths is a life skill – we use it all the time for example when we are baking,

when shopping, whilst driving and when solving problems. We use maths when we are drawing,

when building, whilst waiting for the bus and when going on holiday. We even use maths when we

do not realise it.


The National Curriculum for mathematics underpins our vision for the teaching of mathematics

Therefore, our main aim is to ensure that our pupils have opportunities to;

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.


We embed our teaching in practical contexts and promote our students’ life skills acquisition by

carefully combining our mathematics teaching with the life skills curriculum. Our students

progress through their time at Newark Orchard School on the pathway that best supports their

needs and abilities.


We ensure each year we build on the previous year’s learning and as a staff we have taken time

to think about the journey each child takes through our school to ensure they are ready for

their next steps.


The journey through mathematics is key and underpins everything we do, to ensure this is

progressive for our students we ensure the use of resources and language is consistent across

our school and lessons are structured in similar ways, across the different learning pathways at

Newark Orchard School.


The Engagement pathway is at the start of this journey, here the focus is on developing a strong

sense of number and the recognition that maths is all around us. Pattern spotting and making is

an integral part of this as this underpins everything in mathematics. Maths in the Explorer

pathway, as with all subjects, takes place both indoors and outdoors through a wide range of

practical and “hands on” activities. Children then have the opportunities to apply and explore

these concepts through the continuous provision provided as well as through adult directed



In Primary, KS3 and beyond our lessons are carefully planned to build on previous learning with

each lesson structured into small steps with opportunities for discussion to ensure learners build

a deep understanding of the topic with the support of a 3-year rolling cycle. These small steps

are often marked with the students which ensures they receive immediate feedback and

therefore misconceptions can be easily addressed. We understand the conceptual journey is key

for the learner to deeply understand a concept and therefore we follow the concrete, pictorial,

abstract approach. We use a variety of resources specifically selected to provide motivation and

connection with our learners. These can include pictorial images and stories alongside

representations to further support understanding before moving onto the abstract mathematics

and ensuring our children are fluent and proficient in each skill. During lessons, Teachers and

Teaching Assistants support learners to help them consolidate their understanding as well as

question their thinking, encouraging them to look for connections and make generalisations.


We look to progress data when judging the impact of our mathematics curriculum as well as

Pupils’ enthusiasm, positive learning experiences and love of numbers. We track students using

The Engagement Profile and Wilson Stuart P Steps. As teachers and practitioners, we use the impact of today’s learning to inform tomorrow’s developments. Newark Orchard School aims for-

All learners to use mathematical knowledge to live as independently as possible, using math concepts to shop, socialise, travel and manage finances. These pathways will ultimately guide our pupils towards lifelong mathematical learning and in some cases accreditations and qualifications for employment. Students will see mathematics as a tool for communication and is embedded in the world we live in.

Please click on the link below for the Maths Policy


In line with the rest of the curriculum, the sequential teaching of mathematical skills is vital in order for our pupils to make progress. Please click on the links below to find the skills required at each level and how they build on one another.

Engagement Pathway

Progress In Maths Through P Steps- Number

Progress In Maths Through P Steps- Shape

Progress In Maths Through P Steps- Using & Applying

KS4 Pathways For Maths

Post 16 Pathways For Maths

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