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.

All maths lessons have team seating, developing the social aspect of SMSC.

Projects outside of a classroom consist of:

·  A year 10 maths challenge at Birmingham University where pupils were involved in a quiz competing against pupils from other school and backgrounds.

·  A revision day for year 11 pupils who worked with RSA Whitley Academy pupils, building on their current knowledge and learning how to work with pupils from another school and with different cultures.

·  Sixth form pupils going to Warwick University where they were challenged to explore Fibonacci sequence and spirituality.  


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. The skills of analysing data are taught from Year 9 to Year 11 to enable students to make sense of vast amounts of data available in the modern world around them. Sixth Form students are able to extend this knowledge through the study of Statistics. 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.   Pupils 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.   Fibonacci pattern


Moral Development in Mathematics

The moral development of pupils is an important thread running through the entire mathematics syllabus. In Year 9 students spend an hour a week on various projects when pupils to use Maths in real life contexts, applying and exploring the skills required to solve various problems. Projects include designing an emergency shelter to protect people who have lost their homes due to natural disasters and applying their data analysis skills in a real-life context during projects focussing on the conservation of the rainforest and saving baby kangaroos.




Examples of Moral lessons in maths:


1.  Pupils conducting an opinion survey on a moral issue

2.  Pupils to have an awareness of sexist, stereotypical bias in materials – for worksheets to include female builders, male secretaries etc.

3.  Coordinates ‘Bomb or not to Bomb’

4.  Why learn Algebra?

5.  Population density – using the law in China for the number of children a family are allowed


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. Working together in pairs or groups and supporting others is a key part of Maths lessons.

Examples of Social lessons in maths:


1.  Allowing discussion and debate on the use and abuse of statistics in the media

2.  Pupils learning how mathematics is used to communicate climate change

3.  Rowing Challenge

4.  Revision day

5.  Math’s department all in team seating

6.  Math’s challenge at Birmingham university

7.  Investigation when teaching questionnaires

8.  Collaborative real life learning through Maths projects in Year 9 and 10 – Smarties project, Olymics, Wimbledon project, holidays project etc.

Cultural Development in Mathematics


Mathematics is a universal language with a myriad of cultural inputs throughout the ages. At Arrow Vale we encourage the teaching of various approaches to Mathematics including 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 number sequences and where they occur in the real world

2.   Allowing discussion on the cultural and historical roots of mathematics, such Pythagoras’ theorem

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



The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree. - Aristotle

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