We cover the Maths curriculum in units with enough flexibility to spend as long on a unit as dictated by the children’s learning and progress. We follow a Maths Mastery approach which has been developed in school by our Maths Subject Lead. We teach Maths daily in mixed ability classes following our Maths Curriculum which is based on the White Rose Scheme of work.
We assess using teacher assessment and more formal assessments (PUMA) throughout the year. We plan daily mental maths skills activities each day in each class.
We aim to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of Maths in an enjoyable way which will fit them for adult life. Our children are given the opportunity to work both in groups and individually, using a variety of resources.
In the daily numeracy lesson, children are encouraged to cooperate within a group and to discuss the task in hand by thinking and planning, trying, observing and checking.
We aim for all our pupils to be able to:
- Have a sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
- Know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
- Use what they know by heart to figure out answers mentally
- Calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and with pencil and paper, drawing on a range of calculation strategies and recognise and use a calculator effectively
- Make sense of number problems, including non-routine problems, and recognise the operations needed to solve them
- Explain their methods and reasoning using correct mathematical terms
- Judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
- Suggest suitable units for measuring, and make sensible estimates of measurement
- Explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
We encourage positive attitudes towards mathematics by developing pupils’ confidence, independence, persistence and co-operation skills in both mental mathematics and written calculations.
When appropriate, opportunities are used to make links in other subjects to show how using and applying mathematics is relevant to real life.