In our teaching of the national curriculum, it is our intention for our Maths curriculum to develop within our children the satisfaction of finding solutions to mathematical problems and the perseverance to try and improve without giving up by:
- Providing small steps learning
- Ensuring most children have mastered a concept before moving onto new learning
- Providing timely interventions
- Providing a depth of understanding of skills and concepts necessary to solve increasingly complex problems
- Embedding the four rules of number
- Using statistics, measure, shape and real life situations for the teaching and learning of the four rules of number
- Understanding and using correct mathematical language to explain reasoning
- Developing a range of strategies to problem solve such as the bar model
- Challenging to all children to an appropriate level and for some children to be challenged to a level that is beyond the expectation for their year group.
- Using what is known to answer problems
- Drawing on previous learning to answer a problem
- Using pattern seeking to answer/solve problems
What does our Maths learning look like?
Within EYFS, the children are taught an early understanding of number through the NCETM Numberblocks materials.
Number blocks is a highly effective visual way to introduce individual numbers and mathematical concepts to the children.
KS1 and KS2
A typical series of lessons will usually include:
- A set of brief problems linked to prior learning, reviewing and consolidation patterns or connections in arithmetic
- A “hook” problem or calculation on which the children work collaboratively enabling them to share their initial ideas and strategies
- Use of different concrete, pictorial and abstract models
- A series of activities and challenges with a balance of direct instruction and collaboration and dialogue
- Individual, paired or group activities
- Games based learning
- Independent pupil application using word problems
- The plenaries to address a misconception, self or peer review, or further assessment
Maths is studied in three areas
- Number, Addition and Subtraction
- Multiplication and Division
Children in reception work towards meeting the Mathematics Early Learning Goals in Numbers and Shape, Space and Measures. See the development matters document for more information.