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Maths

Our Intent:

The National Curriculum states:

“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.”

As a school, we are committed to;

  • ensuring our curriculum prepares children for the next stage of their educational development, both within and beyond their current Key Stage.
  • developing our children’s fluency and their automaticity (their speed of recall of mathematical concepts)
  • providing our children with a range of strategies and confidence to complete calculations, reasoning and problem solving scenarios.
  • having a clear progression in the teaching sequence between concrete,visual and abstract learning.

Concrete  – manipulative materials such as bead strings, dienes materials etc.

Visual – children drawing models to represent the calculation or problem

Abstract – children completing a calculation mentally or using a formula or process

  • recognising the importance of number facts and relationships between concepts
  • developing in our children a positive relationship to Mathematics and appreciate its importance and significance in their lives.

How we plan maths

The Early Years team use Herts For Learning (HFL) ‘Essential Foundations for Counting’ and ‘Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)’ for planning mathematical opportunities. This ensures that our children experience continuity in teaching styles and pedagogy.

In Key Stage 1 and 2 we use HFL- ESSENTIAL maths materials supported by other materials such as White Rose Mathematics.

ESSENTIAL maths provide the long term overview of the teaching sequence and day to day short term plans. Teachers annotate against these plans to ensure that the learning opportunities are relevant to the needs of their class.

Implementation – how we teach maths

Early Years:

Within our Early Years setting, the children have many opportunities to approach mathematical concepts through;

Adult led tasks: These are built into the weekly timetable where children are directly taught mathematical concepts and provided with adult supported opportunities to practise and explore. Our Early Years team understand the close relationship between talk and understanding Mathematics.

Child initiated learning; Opportunities for children to independently explore mathematical concepts are developed through the provision both in the inside and outside area of the setting.  There are specific maths areas with a range of materials for the children to explore and additional opportunities are planned and set up in the weekly timetable.

Key Stage 1 and 2

Our daily maths lessons might include;

  • Whole class direct teaching with clear and progressive modelling of concepts and procedures with sequences of varied examples
  • Children being shown a completed model, see a model being done, complete one with staff support and being able to have a go.
  • The use of core manipulatives and representations to support ability to access learning and to deepen children’s understanding
  • Rehearsal of core facts and strategies through games, songs and repetition to aid the children’s fluency.
  • Mathematical talk being given high status and supported by the learning environment and teachers’ questioning. E.g teachers will ask questions such as “prove it”, “Explain” , “True or false?”
  • use of speaking frames and working walls in each classroom.
  • Challenge for pupils grasping concepts quickly is provided through depth and breadth of experience.
  • Opportunities throughout the week for children to reason and problems solve.
  • Differentiation is achieved through:

– progressively harder challenge questions/ activities

– Level of support or extension provided by adults in the classroom

– Use of manipulatives. These may be used to in terms of a progressive concrete – visual- abstract method (CVA) or may be used to help deepen understanding.

– Questioning   increase in challenge through adjustment for depth and breadth to whole class learning.

  • LSAs supporting individual and groups effectively
  • Short mathematical interventions (e.g booster groups, small maths additional actions) will be developed where necessary.

Fluency sessions:

In addition to the main maths lesson, we help and encourage pupils to reactivate knowledge and skills in regular, well-spaced fluency sessions. These sessions are 10-15 minutes long, held at least 3-4 times a week and are pitched at the whole class, at age-related expectations.

Learning tasks are based on skills previously taught and are repeated each session with small adaptions. They may include, where appropriate: written methods, mental strategies (including times tables), time, measures- conversions, roman numerals, geometry language, angles, shapes and arithmetic sessions.

For each year group, fluency sessions should sit within these numbers:

  • Year 1: Up to 100, calculating within 20
  • Year 2: To 100 (reading, writing, in numbers and words)
  • Year 3: at least 3 digits (whole numbers and decimals up to 1 dp)
  • Year 4: including 4 digits (whole numbers and decimals up to 2dp)
  • Year 5: 1 million (whole numbers and decimals up to 3dp)
  • Year 6: 10 million (whole numbers, decimals up to 3dp and negative numbers).

Impact

How the school has developed its systems for tracking attainment and progress

  • During the lesson and when marking our teachers use AFL (Assessment For Learning) techniques to assess whether children may need additional time on skills and concepts or whether they may need to be covered again in more detail, through revisiting previous learning sequences.
  • We also use HfL assessment criteria to judge the progress of each child each term.
  • Y2 and Y6 are assessed against the DFE TAFs (Teacher Assessment Framework)
  • Termly data is analysed by the subject leader, class teachers, and SLT – in pupil progress meetings, HIP meetings and SLT meetings.
  • The subject leader and SLT also monitor and look at the books of the children to monitor their progress.