We aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education with a mastery approach so that all children will:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including carried and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying Mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which learners need to be able to move fluently between representations of Mathematical ideas, with the intention that they can apply learnt concepts to other areas of the curriculum.
Early Years, Key Stage 1 and 2
Mathematics development in Early Years involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces and measures. We continually observe and assess children in these areas using age-related objectives and plan the next steps in their mathematics development through a topic-based curriculum. There are opportunities for children in EYFS to encounter maths – both inside and outside – through planned activities and through continuous provision where children self-select easily accessible quality maths resources.
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, children study mathematics daily covering a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum including elements of number, calculation, geometry, measures and statistics. We use the ‘White Rose’ maths programme as the basis for planning our teaching and learning in Maths, supplemented by other resources where appropriate. All our children have access to a wide range of manipulatives (known as concrete resources) to help support their understanding of key mathematical concepts. These concepts are developed and revisited, building upon prior learning. Teaching of the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is supported by our Calculation Policy.
Year 4 multiplication tables check
Schools in England are required to administer an online multiplication tables check to Y4 pupils. The purpose of this is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is considered essential for future success in mathematics. To support the children with their multiplication practise we use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ as an online and fun learning platform and offer other resources to be used in the classroom.
Assessment in class identifies potential misconceptions the children may have; our staff are trained to intervene swiftly to correct these. Staff also provide additional support for pupils who may find it difficult to keep up with the pace of class learning, whilst deepening the learning of those who are ready. Termly assessments; ‘Progress in Understanding Mathematics Assessment’ (PUMA) are used to identify gaps in learning to inform planning and interventions. Where children need additional support, interventions are planned for by Class Teachers to ensure pupils catch up and keep up.
How can parents help?
Parents can support their children in a number of ways:
- Become familiar with the school’s Calculation Policy, this shows how we introduce concepts and how new strategies are introduced over time. This will help you to support them with their learning.
- Talk about their understanding. Allow the children to articulate what they can do and show you with their preferred method as this will identify the area they may need support with. Often children understand a large portion of what is required but may require support on a single area. Use the phrases ‘Show me what you can do!’ and ‘Which part of the question do you find difficult?’
- Use mathletics with your child. Mathletics is our new online resource designed to support learning at home. Objectives are supported by help videos and the programme intuitively changes the pitch of questions to suit the needs of the learner over time.
- Practise multiplication tables. Multiplication tables are a vital skill and help children to generate other known facts. Learning them can be done in a number of fun ways; through songs, using the TT Rockstars app and through games such as Ping-Pong that the children are familiar with.
More information can be found in the Documents section below.