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SMSC in Mathematics

Through various projects, mini investigations and activities built into lessons, SMSC, (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) is being delivered in high quality lessons.

In all Maths lessons students work in dynamic as well as developed work groups and peer support is often encouraged, developing the social aspect of SMSC.

Projects outside of a classroom consist of:

  • Park project – students visiting local park area, working in small teams to utilise their Mathematical skills in discovering real life facts – park designs using shape and geometry, measurements, time scales;
  • Zoo project – students work with maths related to the measurement of animals and the design and layout of a zoo. Pupils visited local zoos to compare the size of animals with their enclosures.
  • Design your Bedroom project – students design and make a bedroom using pattern and symmetry to decorate. Area and perimeter, geometry and shape to make furniture.
  • Sunflower project – students growing sunflower plants from seed and following that with planting in outside environment, working individually and as teams, using Number skills to find growth, presenting information and investigating information over time, using planning and decision making skills, measures and position;
  • Work experience for P16 students – variety of work-based and real life tasks, students using learned methods for measure, time, decision making, estimation and calculations;

Spiritual Development in Mathematics

Developing deep thinking and questioning the way in which the world works promotes the spiritual growth of students. In Maths lessons pupils are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of Mathematics and how it relates to the world around them. Appropriate skills of reading and analysing data are taught to all year groups to enable students to make sense of vast amounts of data available in the modern world around them. Post 16 students study Functional Skills Mathematics to develop their understanding of real life situations. Sequences, patterns, measures and ultimately the entire study of Mathematics was created to make more sense of the world around us and we enable each of our students to use Maths as a tool to explore it more fully.

Examples of Spiritual lessons in maths:

  1. Students considering the development of pattern in different cultures including work on tessellations such as using Rangoli designs or the use of religious symbols for symmetry
  2. Students engaging in roleplay situations (such as ‘shopping-spree’) and developing deep understanding what effect their learning will have on their life and the life of others.

Moral Development in Mathematics

The moral development of pupils is an important thread running through the entire Mathematics syllabus. Maths lessons regularly involve games and developed activities which involve decision making, comparing options to judge the optimal choice and advising and supporting peers in decision making. Pupils are exposed to the concepts of winning and looking and how their reactions have implications. They develop understanding why, for example, cheating is wrong and has impact on others as well as themselves.

Examples of Moral lessons in maths:

1: Pupils conducting an opinion survey on a moral issue

2: Pupils playing 'Yahtzee' in small groups and supporting decision making and discussing results of different choices

3: Coordinates 'Bomb or not to Bomb'

4: Why learn Algebra

Social Development in Mathematics

Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to Mathematics, through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting ideas. Students are always encouraged to develop their Mathematical reasoning skills, communicating with others and explaining concepts to each other. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable pupils to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve. Students work in dynamic as well as developed work groups and peer support is often encouraged. The project work involves pupils working collaboratively to see how maths fits into their environment.

Examples of Social lessons in maths:

  1. Allowing discussion and debate on the clearness of information online regarding electricity rates.
  2. Pupils learning how mathematics is used in particular profession (childcare, catering).
  3. Math’s classes working in teams on challenges
  4. Investigation when teaching questionnaires/survey
  5. Collaborative real life learning through Maths projects in Year 7 to 10 – Smarties project, Sunflower project, The Park project etc.

Cultural Development in Mathematics

Mathematics is a universal language with a myriad of cultural inputs throughout the ages. At Marshfields we encourage the teaching of various approaches to Mathematics including the Ethiopian and the Chinese lattice method for multiplication. We also explore the Mathematics applied in different cultures such as Rangoli patterns, symmetry, tessellations and Islamic geometric patterns. The ability to use exchange rates for foreign travel are also important life skills students will learn.

Examples of Cultural lessons in maths:

1. Pupils investigating different ways of representing numbers around the world

2. Allowing discussion on the cultural and historical roots of mathematics, such Pythagoras' theorem, history of numbers etc

3. Pupils discussing the use of mathematics in cultural symbols and patterns

4. Mathematics is a universal language

5. Use of the Chinese lattice method when teaching multiplication

6. Pupils to have the ability to use exchange rates for foreign travel