We have adopted a mastery approach for the teaching of Mathematics. This allows all pupils to move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. Underpinning this, is the belief that all pupils can achieve in maths. It will maximise the potential of every pupil’s ability and academic achievement. It will develop their confidence and competence.
Our main aims for all pupils are:
- To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- To be able to reason mathematically
- To successfully solve problems by applying their mathematics knowledge
Our intent is that pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged. They will be offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding. This is done through the Same Day Intervention approach.
Mathematical skills are embedded within maths lessons. They are developed throughout the school consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that mathematics mastery places emphasis on building essential knowledge and skills in mathematics year on year. We ensure pupils have access to a range of physical, manipulative and pictorial resources to help them apply their learning. Pupils have an understanding of how maths is essential to many aspects of everyday life.
We strive to have a culture where the pupils have a love of maths. We do this by inspiring pupils’ curiosity about the subject through challenges and the wider curriculum.
We encourage and develop our pupils’ knowledge of times tables. We introduce exciting ways to learn these facts and pupils are taught to quickly recall times tables facts with the help of our Tables Stick daily intervention. Tables Stick provides a strategy-based approach for the teaching of times tables, supported by Tables Stick practical resources to deepen understanding and scaffold learning so the facts make sense for all children and gives them confidence with all areas of maths. They become efficient, accurate mathematicians.
The use of these supporting resources also helps to build competitiveness. These factors are then woven into their daily life within school, and it is our intent that pupils are fluent in times tables up to 12 by year 4.
In EYFS, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their fluency, and introduce reasoning and problem-solving skills in number, shape, space and measure. They will use provision to master these areas of learning. They will apply this to a wider curriculum to observe and discuss mathematical findings in their play. We want our pupils to be confident and happy learners and set the foundations for their learning to build on this in later years.
In Key Stage 1, our aim is to ensure that pupils build on the fluency, reasoning and problem solving. we want them to have confidence and mental fluency with number, space and measure. Pupils will have different opportunities within the sessions to use a range of methods that allow them to be effective learners. They will move to Key Stage 2 with the next step of applying their knowledge to more complex problem solving. This means they can then begin to apply to deepen their understanding.
In Key Stage 2, our intent is that pupils will build on their prior learning to help them master approaches and solve sophisticated problems. We ensure that all pupils continue through the key stage, on their mastery journey, with curiosity and excitement. We ensure this is frequently applied in their lessons. Our mission is for all pupils to successfully leave our academy prepared to continue on the mastery journey into Key Stage 3.
Our Year 1 pupils have learnt about counting by 5 in Mathematics: