Teaching across the federation is designed to equip children with the necessary skills to become fluent and accurate mathematicians. Children have opportunities to explore mathematics through using a combination of concrete resources, pictorial representations and formal methods, to ensure children can master complex concepts. Pupils learn to reason mathematically, using a range of strategies that they can apply to solve problems, which relate to everyday life. To make mathematics meaningful and purposeful, we encourage the children to apply their knowledge to other areas of the curriculum as appropriate.
Mathematics is taught in the Reception classes as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and in Year 1 and 2 from Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum.
In the EYFS and Key Stage 1 we have daily lessons that focus on all areas of mathematics. In the EYFS mathematical thinking is also encouraged when the children are investigating independently in the indoor and outdoor classrooms, and in Key Stage 1 the children complete a range of work and challenges to help them develop their mathematical skills, such as reasoning and problem solving
In Key Stage 2, using White Rose Maths, Mathematics is taught on a daily basis and follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study.
Currently, Years 3, 4 and 5 are taught in mixed-ability classes, while Years 1, 2 and 6 are taught in 3 ability sets. Lessons are planned to ensure a consistent coverage in all classrooms with appropriate differentiation. This is to enable quality first teaching to have the largest impact on all children’s progress and outcomes.
Lessons are carefully sequenced to ensure skills are reinforced, revisited and built upon in order to provide a firm foundation for subsequent learning. Additionally, retrieval practise ensures children learn more and remember more. Children have opportunities to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving whilst exploring concepts. Teachers ensure consistency across classes and year groups in their Mathematics teaching (use of models/images, resources, learning objectives etc).
Challenges are set for all children to apply reasoning skills to problems and to prove that they have really ‘mastered’ a concept. More complex challenges are set for children to experience working at greater depth in Mathematics once they have mastered the objectives within that topic. This approach enables more confident mathematicians to be stretched and challenged, whilst some children will need more consolidation of basic skills before they are ready to move on. We encourage a ‘learning from our mistakes’ culture and this is reinforced through our Excellent Learner characteristics.
We also incorporate opportunities for the children to ask questions and discuss their mathematical thinking with their learning partners, other class peers and adults in order to allow them to clarify learning and help us assess their understanding.
We use assessment grids in Key Stage 1 and 2 and Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage to track progress in Mathematics and every term teacher assessments are inputted into our tracking system, Pupil Asset. Through this we are able to see which children or groups of children are making good progress and which need additional support.
The federation has also invested in My Maths, TTRockstars, including Numbots and Purple Mash which are online mathematics sites for children to use at home and in school to connect and enhance their learning.
Across the federation we have introduced a mathematics focused STEM day as well as a Federation Maths day to promote mathematics and enable the children to have further enrichment opportunities.
Here are some websites to use at home to practise the maths skills your child has been learning in class:
Always supervise your child when they are using the internet.