Mathematics at Little Heaton Primary School
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them and develops their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.
At Little Heaton CE Primary School, we aim to:
- Develop a positive attitude to maths as an interesting and attractive subject in which all children gain some success and pleasure.
- Develop mathematical understanding through systematic direct teaching of appropriate learning objectives.
- Encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and subsequently adult life.
- Develop an ability in the children to express themselves fluently, to talk about the subject with assurance, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary (as detailed in the framework vocabulary).
- Develop an appreciation of relationships within maths.
- Develop ability to think clearly and logically with independence of thought and flexibility of mind.
- Develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of number facts in line with the revised curriculum of 2014.
In EYFS and KS1 our curriculum is designed to provide children with solid foundations and a strong sense of number so that they are confident, curious and fluent learners as they move up to KS2. Lots of concrete/pictorial and abstract activities enable children to learn in different ways; children are challenged and encouraged to explain their reasoning clearly. By the End of KS2 we want children to achieve and be the best they can be. We want them to be confident curious learners with a love of the subject and a resilience which allows them to tackle a range of reasoning and problem solving activities with confidence. We want them to have an ability to apply their knowledge and skills in a range of contexts and be equipped with an appropriate and clear vocabulary which enables them to communicate their ideas clearly.
At Little Heaton CE Primary we teach Mathematics through the White Rose Math’s scheme, supported with materials from Classroom secrets, Testbase, Nrich, Times Tables Rockstars and I See Reasoning. This ensures continuity and clear progression both within and across year groups; children continually revisit and build upon prior knowledge, skills and vocabulary. From September 2019 our whole school has adopted the ‘Mastery’ approach. Each lesson is structured as follows: fluency/counting activities, ‘I do’ ( where the teacher presents the class with a challenging question and models the skills, concepts and vocabulary needed to tackle the question ), ‘We do’ (where the children work in pairs or small groups to tackle a similar question and where they are encouraged to verbalize their reasoning and methods to the rest of the class), ‘You do’ (where the children work more independently of the teacher to tackle one or two questions) and the ‘Dive deeper’ element (which provides opportunities for more confident learners to broaden and deepen their understanding). Throughout every math’s lesson, the children are given constant verbal feedback, which supports and challenges their understanding; they are exposed to concepts in a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.
Our teaching of, and curriculum for, mathematics will lead to outstanding progress over time across all key stages relative to each individual child’s starting point.
Our school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Children can underperform in Mathematics because they think they can’t do it or are not naturally good at it; our curriculum addresses these preconceptions by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics by developing a growth mind-set. Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 growing in time to be in line with National Average and seeing a higher proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of each phase.