Numeracy news


Congratulations to Year 10 pupils, Lucy, Aimee and Louise who entered the “Dragons Den” maths competition and won first prize!  Last year our year 10 pupil’s came first in the special school category; however, this year we were the only special educational needs (SEN) school to enter the competition.  Therefore, Mr Watkins entered the girls as a mainstream school against 30 other schools across the city.

After designing a fantastic maths invention and producing an outstanding pitch to the Dragons, they were voted overall winners for Liverpool by unanimous decision.  Lucy, Aimee and Louise were presented with a £1,000 cheque, which will be put together with last year’s prize of £500 to purchase maths resources with a focus on “Enjoyment in Maths”.  Our champions will attend a school council meeting with Mrs Piercy and discuss the best way of spending the prize money to improve maths at C.A.S.

Dragons Den

Lucy, Aimee and Louise with Elaine Rees CEO, Liverpool Learning Partnership.

“I was very nervous presenting our idea to the Dragons, but I’m glad we did it because we won!” – Lucy,

 “We had the best day ever!” – Aimee

The ‘X’ Watch

The ‘X’ watch, designed by Lucy, Aimee and Louise aims to help pupils learn their timetables. Each times table has a separate ring that can be attached around the outside of the watch. The answer to the particular times table is next to the corresponding number from 1 – 12. Each times table is colour coded according to difficulty.

Here is a class size prototype for the seven times table.

The 'X' Watch

Maths Challenge logoDue to the increased interest in the “Weekly Maths Challenge” (click here) Mr Watkins is now challenging pupils to create their own Maths challenge! Any entries should be given to Mr Watkins.  All Pupils who attempt to create a challenge will receive a certificate in “Praise Assembly”, any particularly good challenges may be used as that weeks whole school challenge.  These pupils will receive a special reward.

In 2016 C.A.S was awarded the ‘Liverpool Counts’ quality mark in recognition of how the school delivers maths and numeracy. The quality mark demonstrates how C.A.S pupils and staff share an enjoyment in maths and numeracy and that opportunities for pupil’s to use “real life” maths is available in all subjects as well as at the heart of regular maths lessons.

At the first attempt C.A.S achieved the silver award, something Mr Watkins (Maths Co-ordinator), the pupils and staff were very proud of. The school has continued to develop numeracy and maths across the school, embedding good initiatives whilst introducing new and inventive ideas. We intend to re-apply for the quality mark in 2019 were we aim to achieve the gold award.