This academic year numeracy is really hitting the headlines at Barry Comprehensive School. The current year 11 cohort returned to school (with year 7) for a ‘Maths and Motivating’ experience. Year 11 students focused on maths problems in the school hall and had special sessions from maths ambassadors Paul Harper from Cardiff University and Sofya Lyakhova from Swansea University. Many year 11 students are now counting down to their first maths exam on 6th November.
On Thursday 19th September a cohort of year 7 students and their parents took part in a range of maths strategies, working together to become more and more confident. At the same time a group of year 11 students worked on numeracy challenges with their parents in the school hall. The aim was to emphasise that everyone can improve at maths through working on straightforward strategies. It was really encouraging to see students and parents sitting side by side and working together. Another cohort of year 11 students had also come in with their parents to work on English.
There is a real commitment at the school to every student striving to improve their numeracy and literacy skills. Maths and English are gateway qualifications and gaining these qualifications can significantly improve students’ opportunities in the world of work. We wish all students taking these qualifications in November the best of luck.