Maths

Mathematics is a core subject and is hugely important in school; we are committed to providing the highest standards of achievement in maths. All children are entitled to access all programmes of study in the National Curriculum. We implement a progressive structure regarding the learning of maths. Children are taught a range of strategies for calculating answers to problems mentally, as well as the more usual written methods. Through the maths curriculum, we equip pupils with a set of tools to understand and access the world in which they live. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways. Maths is a core subject which is vital in everyday life. It is essential in everything we construct, everything we calculate and many problems that we have to solve. We therefore endeavour to ensure that pupils develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards maths that will stay with them throughout their future.

Our maths is taught in line with the National Curriculum and EYFS. We use a maths mastery approach, which is marked by careful planning, ensuring no pupil’s understanding is left to chance. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years. Pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign. This builds depth of understanding of the structure of maths. The scheme we follow is Maths No Problem which provides the structure to our core teaching.

Each week the children also do a ‘Maths Mania’ test to aim to beat their best score when recalling multiplication tables and number facts.The older children also do a short weekly test to ensure that key knowledge and skills are retained.
Assessments are conducted in a test format every term. This helps us to measure progress, but more importantly it provides us with the feedback required for further support over the next term’s maths lessons.