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Maths

The maths curriculum covers many different strands of mathematics including number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio, proportion and algebra.

We are particularly committed to enabling children to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge within problem solving situations from an early age.  This reflects our belief that learning is more meaningful for children where they can see a purpose for it.

 

Mastery

What is mastery?
'A set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking' (Askew et al, Teaching for Mastery, 2015)

All children are given the opportunities to answer mastery questions in maths lessons. We use the NCETM and Focus Education mastery questions as a basis for our planning.  Here is an example of a mastery question:

 

Big Maths

Big maths is completed once a week in KS1 and KS2. The children answer a range of questions that cover the contents of the specific year group curriculum. This provides children with regular opportunities to recap their learning and keep learning fresh. The children rotate each week between answering questions or reviewing and receiving individual and personalised feedback.

 

Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRF)

Maths begins daily with the children practising their Key Instant Recall Facts, for example, doubles, timetables or number bonds. The targets are shared weekly with the parents in the school planners for children to practise at home. The children can use whiteboards, games on the laptops, partners, cubes, numicon, dinosaurs, beads, number lines or 100 squares to practise their targets.

KIRF Targets

 

Whole School Problem Solving

On a Friday all children complete problem solving activities in Class 1. The children work together in groups to tackle the problems. At the end of the lesson children are given the opportunity to feedback their learning to the whole school. The children share techniques, resources used, challenges and successes.

Maths problems (N-rich link) http://nrich.maths.org/8935


Calculation Policy
Year group expectations

 

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