OUR SCHOOL NUMERACY IMPROVEMENT PLAN 2018-2021


 

 

Shanballymore National School    Roll No 03704e

Our School Improvement Plan 2018 – 2021

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A school improvement plan for Numeracy was prepared in tandem with our SSE report

The SIP identified our areas of strengths and our areas requiring improvement as well as improvement targets

Summary of Areas of Main Strengths:

  • Standardised test results for Numeracy are above the National Norms.
  • There are designated Maths resources in every classroom.
  • Maths resources and varied concrete materials are used frequently.
  • Staff members have high expectations for students’ achievement.
  • Numeracy Posters and information support teaching and learning of maths in the classroom.
  • Maths is celebrated through displays of pupils’ achievements and work e.g. bar charts.
  • Homework allocation is suitably differentiated throughout the school.
  • Fruitful collaboration occurs between parents, teachers and learning support team.
  • Children enjoy Maths and have confidence in their ability.
  • Supportive parents who integrate Maths into their working day.
  • Children and parents report that they are confident in their ability to use tables to develop accuracy in computation.
  • Pupils and teachers enjoy success in Mental Maths activities.

 

Summary of Areas Requiring Improvements:

  • Consistent language of maths and methodologies to be adopted at class level as per school plan.
  • The language of problem solving and suitable strategies employed.
  • Problem solving related to number, extended patterns, fractions, decimals, percentages and measures.
  • Focused regular feedback to pupils and parents on ongoing progress in maths.
  • Targeted communication with parents through website

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll No 03704e

Our School Improvement Plan 2018 - 2021

NUMERACY

 

Target

 

Action

Person Responsible

Timeframe

In year 1 we wish to develop a whole school approach to the teaching of the language of Problem solving in number.  Infants will integrate this approach in Aistear.

 

All classes from 1st to 6th will implement regular focused feedback regarding pupil’s progress in Maths through regular testing which includes formative feedback on progress.

 

We will compile suitable Maths websites, games and apps which will be available on the school app and website for parents to utilise at home

 

 

 

 

  • To provide CPD with PDST advisor on Problem solving for teachers.
  • Teachers will incorporate the teaching of Problem solving into a Whole School “Problems on Wednesday” (POW) approach
  • Teachers will engage in planning meetings to agree Maths language associated with problem solving at class level in Number as per the school plan.
  • Teachers will display word banks related to appropriate Maths language of Number.
  • Teachers will provide regular focused feedback regarding Maths progress through regular Maths tests from 1st to 6th class
  • Teachers will engage in class planning meetings to agree consistency in the language of number as per school plan.
  • The school website will list suitable Maths websites, games and suggestions

All Class Teachers

LS/RT

Principal

Nov 2018 – June 2019

 

 

 

 

Roll No 03704e

Our School Improvement Plan 2018 - 2021

NUMERACY

 

Target

 

Action

Person Responsible

Timeframe

In year 2 we wish to develop a whole school approach to the teaching of the language of Problem solving in Extending Patterns (infants), Fractions (1st -6th), Decimals(3rd-6th) and percentages (5th-6th).

 

We will develop a whole school approach to the teaching of the following strategies of problem solving

  • Drawing a picture to explain a problem
  • Solving a simpler version of a problem.
  • Making a chart or table of the information.
  • Making a guess and testing it out

We will use the local environment to create a variety of maths trails which will have a clear problem-solving focus (Extending Patterns (Infants), Fractions (1st-6th), Decimals (3rd-6th) and percentages (5th-6th).

 

All classes from 1st to 6th will continue to implement regular focused feedback regarding pupil’s progress in Maths through regular testing which includes formative feedback on progress.  Checklists will be devised as an “assessment for Learning” (AFL) tool and “assessment of Learning (AOL) tool

 

 

  • Teachers will engage in planning meetings to agree Maths language associated with problem solving at class level in Number (All), Extending Patterns (Infants), Fractions (1st-6th), Decimals (3rd-6th) and Percentages (5th-6th) as per the school plan.
  • Teachers will display word banks related to appropriate Maths language of the above.  Teachers will engage in planning meetings to agree consistency in approach to the teaching of problem-solving strategies. Teachers will display word banks related to problem solving strategies as agreed at class level.
  • Children will be supported in developing their problem-solving strategies through use of checklists upon completion of class test.
  • Maths trails (at least 2) with a focus on Number (All) Extending Patterns (Infants), Fractions (1st-6th), Decimals (3rd-6th and Percentages (5th-6th) will be devised by class teachers.
  • Teachers will continue to incorporate the teaching of Problem solving into a Whole School “Problems on Wednesday” (POW) approach.
  • Teachers will continue to provide regular focused feedback regarding Maths progress through regular Maths tests from 1st to 6th class.  Checklists will be devised and utilised as a “assessment for Learning” (AFL) tool and “assessment of Learning (AOL tool).

 

 

 

All Class Teachers

LS/RT

Principal

Sep 2019 – June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll No 03704e

Our School Improvement Plan  2018 - 2021

NUMERACY

Target

 

Action

Person Responsible

Timeframe

In year 3 we wish to develop a whole school approach to the teaching of the language of problem solving in Measures (Length, Weight & Capacity). Infants will integrate this approach in Aistear.

 

We will develop a whole school approach to the teaching of the following strategies of problem solving

  • Using appropriate equipment to solve the problem eg. Balance/measuring instrument, calculator, counters.
  • Looking for patterns in a problem.
  • Writing a number sentence to solve a problem.

 

We will continue to use the local environment to create a variety of maths trails which will have a clear problem-solving focus (Measures).

 

All classes from 1st to 6th will continue to implement regular focused feedback regarding pupils’ progress in Maths through regular testing which includes formative feedback on progress.

 

  • Teachers will engage in class level planning meetings to agree Maths language associated with problem solving in Measures as per the school plan.
  • Teachers will display word banks related to appropriate Maths language of the above.
  • Teachers will engage in class level planning meetings to agree consistency in approach to the teaching of the additional problem-solving strategies.
  • Teachers will display word banks related to all problem-solving strategies as agreed at class level.
  •  Maths trails with a focus on Measures will be devised and utilised by class teachers.
  • Teachers will continue to incorporate the teaching of Problem solving into a Whole School “Problems On Wednesday” (POW) approach.
  • Teachers will continue to provide regular focused feedback regarding Maths progress through regular Maths tests from 1st to 6th class.  Checklists will continue to be utilised as an “Assessment For Learning” (AFL) tool and “Assessment of Learning” tool.
  • The school website will list additional suitable Maths websites, games and suggestions.

 

All Class Teachers

LS/RT

Principal

Sep 2020 – June 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roll No 03704e

Our School Improvement Plan  2018 - 2021

NUMERACY

 

Success/Criteria

Measurable outcomes

Every class will be asked a maths question at “Problem of Week” each Wednesday.

 

Students will have demonstrated self-assessment skills recorded in copy

 

Parents will be asked to give feedback on Maths questionnaire

 

Stigma T results will be analysed each year

 

 

Monitor and Review

 

Progress / challenges will be monitored and reviewed regularly by teaching staff through the year and in June of 2019, 2020 and 2021

Modifications / amendments to the school’s Mathematics Policy and School Improvement Plan will be agreed and ratified by the Board of Management and applied by the teaching staff.

 

 

 

 

This School Improvement Plan for Numeracy was drafted by the teaching staff as part of the school’s Croke Park Hour’s Schedule and was approved and ratified by the Board of Management on  20th November 2018