Within our school we acknowledge the importance of Mathematics as a core subject of the National Curriculum and as a key area of knowledge for all pupils.
We believe all children can - and will - achieve in the subject of mathematics. All children are capable of achieving success and the language/actions that we use with the children reflect this. We want our children to be stimulated through carefully planned activities which ensure that all children are challenged in every lesson.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics , including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils 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 their 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
For a detailed look at the maths curriculum in each year group, please speak to your child’s class teacher or to Mr Lewis (maths subject leader).
In our school, we have adopted the ‘Do it, Secure it, Deepen it’ approach to maths. This approach involves children being taught a skill then proving to the teacher they can do it. Once children have shown they can successfully complete the skill, they are challenged through secure it and deepen it activities which aim to broaden and deepen their mathematical understanding. The aim of this process is not to move children on too quickly but to allow them to move on when they have a secure and deep understanding of the maths they are learning. It also allows children opportunities to reason and problem solve as well as make rich connections between the different mathematical areas. This approach is not evident in every lesson. We are flexible and allow teachers freedom to plan activities which inspire and capture children’s attention and these may take place outside of the classroom environment.
At our school, we have introduced a number skills lesson – outside of the maths lesson – to work on key number skills. This takes place every day from 8.55am – 9.20am and is called ‘Ready Steady Maths’ or ‘Quick Maths’. The aim of this time is to develop, practise and reinforce the basic maths skills that are key to being a successful mathematician. These skills include number bonds, counting, times tables, division facts, written arithmetic, mental arithmetic and much more. Our belief is if children move up through the school having mastered the basic number skills, they are far more likely to be successful mathematicians at the end of key stage 2 and will therefore be starting year 7 with the necessary maths skills to be successful.
We have two home-school learning platforms that we use in school. All children from year 1 up have access to mathletics. And all children from year 2 up also have timestable rockstars to practise and develop their times tables and division facts. All of our children in the junior year groups (Y3-Y6) use times table rockstars in school on a daily basis and we would welcome your support in encouraging them to use both platforms at home as often as possible.
Each year group from Year 1 – year 6 has key maths objectives which the teachers will regularly assess against to see how the children are progressing. The maths curriculum is very broad and covers a huge range of objectives making it impossible to track every objective. If you would like to know what the key objectives are for your child’s year group – or how you can help with your child’s maths - please speak to your child’s class teacher or Mr Lewis (year 6).