Mathematics is a powerful and fundamental tool – an essential universal element of communication. It occurs throughout the whole school curriculum, in working life and society.
Through our approach to the teaching of mathematics, we aim to achieve good standards of Mathematics in all our children from nursery to Year 2. Children are encouraged to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to cope confidently with mathematical situations in everyday life as well as the objectives set in the program of study for their current year group.
Teachers aim to create an environment where pupils are secure and feel confident in being able to take risks in their learning.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems.
As a school, we have set a calculation policy that shows the learning journey from the concrete through to the abstract. You can access this below to see the strategies that are taught and used. You will notice that manipulatives are accessible to all- it is important for children to develop fluency and mastery of maths concepts and using manipulatives supports this.
Throughout the teaching of mathematics, prior learning is recalled and built upon. This can be within a lesson, across a week and even across terms.
Mental Arithmetic is practised daily: for EYFS this can be demonstrated through counting, number songs, rhymes and subitizing; for KS1 this can be demonstrated through counting, practising and recalling known facts, chanting and applying known timetables, etc. The daily practice of Mental Arithmetic supports children’s fluency with number.
Mathematical vocabulary is planned for each year group. It shows the progression and learning built upon. This document is used to plan vocabulary for children and families to use accurately, class adults model and use this vocabulary and display it clearly for all children to see and refer to. You can access this below.
Constructive and positive feedback is given verbally and through regular marking. ‘Pink to think’ tasks allow children to think about errors made and give time for these errors to be addressed, whereas ‘Green to grow’ comments provide further challenge for children to succeed in their learning. We encourage and promote self-assessment and the checking of calculations with the use of blue pen.
All children have the opportunity to apply their learning after they have practised and rehearsed it. Verbal or written reasoning occurs daily within the maths lesson and supports the mastery of maths; a deep understanding of a concept or skill that is transferred to an unfamiliar context or represented in a variety of forms.