In maths we aim to instill a love of maths and a love of challenge!
We strongly believe that good mental maths skills are the basis for developing confident mathematicians. These are key facts that the children have learnt and over learnt and keep coming back to so that they know them off by heart and they can be recalled without needing to think about them; for example, times tables, number bonds, doubles and halves.
We use a mastery approach to maths in school, which focuses on the depth and breadth of understanding of maths concepts. We use a three-pronged approach to this; giving opportunities for children to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving to all mathematical concepts.
Good practice recommends a three-tiered approach to learning in maths, starting with concrete; using practical objects, moving to pictorial; using images, then to an abstract. Children learn best with real life contexts so they can understand the purpose for learning the maths concepts.
Through mathematics lessons, and lessons across the curriculum, our children get the opportunity to explore all curriculum aspects of mathematics including:
place value, calculations, geometric reasoning, statistics and measures.
White Rose Maths
As a school, we have decided to follow White Rose Maths. The White Rose scheme of learning is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum. The White Rose scheme has number at its heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency. It also provides opportunities to build reasoning and problem-solving into each lesson. White Rose believes that all children, who are introduced to a concept, should have the opportunity to build on their abilities by following a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach:
Concrete – Children should have the opportunity to use mathematical objects to help them envisage what written numbers represent.
Pictorial – Children should have the opportunity to use pictures as representations to continue to support them in visualising what written numbers represent.
Abstract – Abstract learning is the use of digits and words to represent numbers.
KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) are designed to support the development of the mental skills that underpin much of the maths work in schools. They are particularly useful when calculating, be it adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. Please find below a link to Conker Maths to help support children's key instant recall facts.