We believe that collaborative working provides a fantastic opportunity to share expertise and resources. The Greater Depth Maths Project was developed with the aim of developing learning and driving improvement at Key Stage 2 in mathematics.
The project is a successful partnership involving Macmillan Academy's mathematics department and six local primary schools; Archibald, Thorntree, Acklam Whin, Kader Academy, Park End and Sunnyside.
Sessions run every Thursday afternoon on a three-week cycle and are aimed at students who are working at or aim to achieve greater depth in mathematics at Key Stage 2. The sessions are each split into 2 halves.
The first half is based around students recapping the basic skills learnt at Key Stage 2 and ensuring they have mastered these.
The second half is a competition between teams of students who attempt lots of problem solving questions which are worth different points. These questions are a mix of Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 questions to stretch students' abilities in mathematics and encourage the use of higher order thinking skills to link topics together and apply mathematics to a range of different contexts. The topics so far have included: