Numeracy Week runs throughout the second week of March. There are a range of activities each day for the different year groups, as well as special events taking place at break, lunch and after school. A presentation with details of these events is sent out to tutors at the start of the week. Posters are also produced and displayed along the corridors to promote these events throughout the week. Last year's posters can be viewed below.
Morning Tutor Time Presentations
Since October 2016, Harris Academy Purley have organised a maths mentoring programme between Sixth Form students and Key Stage 3 students. Fifteen selected students from Year 7 and Year 8 have been given the excellent opportunity of having a one-on-one personalised mentoring session with A-level maths students. For half an hour a week, the Sixth Form students have been coaching them through elements of maths which the Key Stage 3 students have found difficult. At the end of the session, the students complete a short test in order to judge their progress over the weeks.
The Key Stage 3 students have evidently grown in confidence through this process. Not only are they prepared to take more risks in class now, but they also are beginning to see maths as a fun and worthwhile subject. On top of their improvement in maths, the Sixth Form students have allowed the Year 7 and Year 8s to feel comfortable in their new school. Many of the Year 7 and Year 8s have commented about how nice they find it knowing that an older student is looking out for their well-being and progress.
Throughout the process, the Sixth Formers have been exceptionally professional, encouraging and supporting. They have taken their role very seriously and are always punctual when collecting their student. They are proving to be excellent ambassadors for the Academy.