At St Anne’s Primary School, we believe mathematics is an important part of children’s development throughout school, right from an early age. We intend on delivering a curriculum which:
- Allows children to be a part of creative and engaging lessons that will give them a range of opportunities to explore mathematics following a mastery curriculum approach.
- Gives each pupil a chance to believe in themselves as mathematicians and develop the power of resilience and perseverance when faced with mathematical challenges.
- Recognises that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives and therefore is of paramount importance in order that children aspire and become successful in the next stages of their learning.
- Engages all children and entitles them to the same quality of teaching and learning opportunities, striving to achieve their potential, as they belong to our school community.
- Makes rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
- Provides equal opportunities for children to apply their mathematical knowledge to other subjects (cross-curricular links).
- Is in line with the expectations in the National Curriculum 2014.
Our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Y6.
Teaching and Learning, Content and Sequence
- In school, we follow the national curriculum. In EYFS, White Rose and Number Blocks are used as a scheme to support teachers with their planning and assessment. In KS1 and KS2, Mathematics Mastery has been introduced from Summer 2021.
- The calculation policy is used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time
- At the start of each new topic, key vocabulary is introduced and revisited regularly to develop language acquisition, embedding as the topic progresses.
- All lessons begin with a short ‘Do Now’ activity to support retrieval practice and develop long-term memory.
- All lessons contain Stem sentences and Key Representations, which have been clearly identified by the class teacher to support learning.
- Children are taught through clear modelling and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts. The mastery approach incorporates using objects, pictures, words and numbers to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding at all levels.
- Children work on the objective at whatever entrance stage they are assessed as being at. Children can acquire the skill, apply the skill or deepen the skill within the lesson.
- Children move through the different stages of their learning at their own pace.
- Children who have shown their understanding at a deep level within the unit, will have opportunities to apply these skills in a greater depth activity. This should be challenging and ensure that children are using more than just one skill to be able to answer the mathematical problems.
- Reasoning and problem solving are integral to the activities children are given to develop their mathematical thinking.
- Resources are readily available to assist demonstration of securing a conceptual understanding of the different skills appropriate for each year group.
- Children are encouraged to explore, apply and evaluate their mathematical approach during investigations to develop a deeper understanding when solving different problems / puzzles.
- A love of maths is encouraged throughout school via links with others subjects, applying an ever-growing range of skills with growing independence.
- Children with additional needs are included in whole class lessons and teachers provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. For those children who are working outside of the year group curriculum, individual learning activities are provided to ensure their progress.
Leadership, Assessment and Feedback
- Assessment informs the teaching and learning sequence, and children work on the objectives they are assessed as being at.
- Feedback is given on children’s learning in line with our feedback policy. Formative assessment within every lesson helps teachers to identify the children who need more support to achieve the intended outcome and who are ready for greater stretch and challenge through planned questioning or additional activities.
- In order to support teacher judgments, children may be assessed using current and reliable tests in line with the national curriculum for maths. Gap analysis of any tests that the children complete is undertaken and fed into future planning.
- Summative assessments are completed at the end of the academic year and reported to parents, in parents’ meetings and end of year reports.
- The maths leader has a clear role and works with SLT closely, to ensure key data is analysed and regular feedback is provided, to inform on progress and future actions.
- Children demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures. This includes the recollection of the times table.
- Children show confidence in believing that they will achieve.
- Each child achieves objectives (expected standard) for year group.
- The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of maths.
- The chance to develop the ability to recognise relationships and make connections in maths lessons.
- Mathematical concepts or skills are mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
- Children show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of the work
Prompt Sheets for learning at home
Are you doing your maths homework at home and can’t remember how you are supposed to answer the question? Or, is someone helping you at home but they can’t remember how they did it at school so they can’t explain it to you? Well, help is here. For every year group, there is a prompt sheet, explaining the objective in your year group. Each prompt sheet gives you an example of how you might answer the question. If you need any more help, ask your class teacher.
How can you help at home?
There are lots of ways to help your child practise maths at home beyond helping with homework. Here are some suggestions:
Allow children to help with shopping at an age appropriate level i.e. handing over money, collecting change, deciding if items in a shop are good offers or not etc.
Promote a can do attitude to maths and don't allow your child to think they are not good at maths. They just need practice!
For younger children - lots of counting and courting songs i.e. five little ducks, ten green bottles. Don’t forget to count backwards!
Practise times tables together, make a game out of it as much as possible, children learn more and faster if it’s fun!
Involve children in cooking. Weights and times are an essential part of everyday maths.
Involve them in simple DIY tasks where measuring is a part of the job.
Play estimation games i.e. how long do you think it will take us to get there? How much do you think this weighs?
Find shapes in the environment.
There are also games available on the web - we subscribe to Times Table Rockstar's (for more information see your child's class teacher).