St. Peter’s National School
St. peter’s Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7
School improvement plan for Numeracy (2015-2016)
Evaluation period: September 2014-June 2015
Plan issue date: June 2015
Summary school improvement plan
1.1 The focus of the evaluation
As part of our ongoing work in the school, we conducted a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning this year through standardised tests, teachers’ parents’ and pupils’ surveys. We evaluated problem solving, fractions, decimals and percentages. For more information on how the evaluation took place, please see our School Self-Evaluation Report which is available on our school website (www.stpetersns.net)
This school improvement plan sets out the actions that we will undertake in the school over the next two years in Literacy (2015-2017).The main purpose of these actions is to improve our pupils’ learning.
2. Summary of school self-evaluation findings
2.1 Our school has strengths in the following areas:
Results in Drumcondra Tests show very positive improvement in the last year.
The increased availability of concrete materials.
The 15 minute daily ORAL maths lessons.
The increased use of ‘pair work’.
The fortnightly assessment tests at each class level.
The positive feedback from pupils that a high percentage ‘like’ maths.
The positive responses from parents – 67% feel they get good feedback from the school about their child’s progress and their willingness to co-operate (90%) with the school in promoting the use of maths in everyday life.
2.2 Our school has decided to prioritise the following areas of development:
Areas for development (Year 2 (2015-2016))
There was a specific focus on:
· Problem solving with special reference to measures …. Weight, time, capacity and money.
· Fractions in junior Classes (to 2nd Class).
· Fractions/Decimals/Percentages in Senior Classes (3rd to 6th).
We prioritised these areas because analysis of Drumcondra tests June 2014 and 2015 revealed that these were the main problem areas – as pinpointed in parent/pupil questionnaires.
2.3 Our school has set the following targets for improvement which are related to pupils’ achievement and has identified the following actions which will help in achieving those targets over the next two years.
Year 2 (2015-2016)
Who will do it? When will it be done by?
Date of Review
To reduce by 1% the no. of students on or below 16th percentile. From 9.2% by further 0.4% each year over the next 2 year period to a target of 7.8% in 2017.
Also to maintain the proportion that scored above 85% in its same Drumcondra Maths Test.
That 80% of pupils from 1st to 6th classes will demonstrate at least a 50% competency in solving word problems
See ongoing actions in last years’ plan.
15 minutes mental maths daily.
· RAVECCC to aid problem solving
· Standardised fortnightly tests at each class level. These tests to consist of 10 questions, 6 computational and 4 word problems. 2 problems of a higher order level to challenge the more able children.
· Problems of the week.
A: Easier level.
Who will do it?
All Staff, including support teachers.
When will it be done by? End of May 2016
Date of review -June 2016
To increase opportunities for pupils to engage in Maths in the school environment and to further enable to relate Maths to their everyday life. ·
Maths trails to be devised for all classes using the school building and outside environment. (completed by May 2016)
· More evidence of maths around the school i.e. posters, number lines, measurements, etc.
· More extensive use of concrete materials by all teachers and increased emphasis on discovery learning.
· Power hour and Maths for fun. All class teachers and support teachers.
Who will do it:
Principal, D.P. class teachers and support teachers.
When will targets be completed
Ongoing from September 2015 – May 2016
Date of review:
2.4. Success Criteria:
We know we will have achieved our targets when we notice improvements in the standardised tests results and the pupils display progression/improvements in the fortnightly maths tests.