Maths

Maths

Vision

At Newborough C of E Primary School, we feel that mathematics is a most powerful and essential tool for life. It is made up of fascinating patterns and relationships. It is contained in everything we construct, everything we calculate and almost every problem that we have to solve in our everyday lives.  

We endeavour to deliver a rich and varied mathematics curriculum in line with national expectations. We aim to develop confident mathematicians who are passionate about their learning.  We do this by continuing to develop their conceptual understanding, by using manipulatives, models and images, which develop pupils’ fluency, and by providing a range of opportunities for mathematical reasoning and problem solving, including ‘real-life’ mathematical scenarios.

Aims

Children will:

•              Be encouraged to approach mathematical problems and puzzles with confidence and enthusiasm;

•              Make connections between different areas of mathematics;

•              Use and apply their knowledge and skills to real life problems;

•              Be able to select and use appropriate resources confidently and safely;

•              Develop and use a range of mathematical vocabulary in context;

•              Appreciate that mathematical knowledge will help them understand and solve problems in other curriculum areas and in everyday life.

Provision

 

Every class (Y1-Y6) has at least four dedicated maths lesson of 60 minutes per week and an additional weekly arithmetic session. In the Foundation Year, children will follow ‘Early Learning Goals’ which will lead them to taking part maths lessons and activities throughout the year. We follow the White Rose schemes of learning to support planning and teaching at Newborough C of E Primary School (see year group overviews). The whole class works through the schemes of learning at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum spirals through the years. All class teachers deliver mathematics and a TA will be guided to support the lesson with specific tasks.  TA’s will be particularly used delivery of Intervention Programmes, Pre-Teaching and Guided Group work.

 

In all year groups, children will be sat in mixed ability pairs, which change regularly, to promote classroom discussion, promote a growth mindset, and challenge children to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses so not to limit childrens’ potential. Mixed ability pairs also encourage life skills such as tolerance, negotiation and cooperation. Tasks and activities are designed to be easy for pupils to enter while still containing challenging components. Children are given the opportunity to choose their level of challenge within the lesson (1, 2 and 3). Teachers will vary these activities, therefore 1 is not always the simplest task and children will have to choose their level of challenge based upon the problems at hand. Carefully planned differentiated work, should take into account children’s needs at both ends of the special needs spectrum, so ensuring that each child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

 

Extended Provision

 

Times tables

 

Children have a minimum of 3 sessions, lasting 10 minutes, per week dedicated to the teaching and learning of times tables. Teachers use the Tackling Tables resources alongside Times Tables Rockstars to support childrens’ acquisition of these key facts.

 

Arithmetic

 

Children have daily arithmetic practise, where they develop their rapid recall and improve their understanding of mathematical concepts. Teachers use a range of resources to support this including Andrew Brodie, New Wave and Fluent in Five.

 

Maths Meetings

 

Maths Meetings happen once a week. Their purpose is to consolidate key areas of mathematics or introduce new topics in the class. A Maths Meeting covers several curricular areas, broken down into short segments; each segment should take approximately 2–3 minutes.

 

Interventions

 

Where appropriate, children will be offered mathematics intervention. Our specialist intervention teacher or a TA runs these. The purpose of these interventions are to consolidate concepts taught in class, introduce new topics or focus on a particular strand.

 

SATs Booster Groups

 

In the Spring and Summer Terms, Year Six children are invited to attend SATs Booster Groups. These focus on preparing children for their upcoming assessments and given children focused input on their development areas.

 

Pupil Voice

 

‘I really enjoy maths lessons, especially when they are challenging and I am given tricky problems.’

 

‘I am often successful in maths lessons and feel proud of my work, when I feel unhappy with my work my teachers help me to improve.’

 

‘I am really good at maths. I get help when I need it and get help others!’

 

‘Maths is really interesting, we get to use resources, play games and sing songs!’

 

‘I like maths when it is tricky, but not too tricky.’

 

‘I am being taught skills I use outside of school and know it will help me when I grow up.’

 

 

Helping Your Child At Home

 

If you would like to support your child with their learning at home, have a look at our calculation policy to see the methods your child is being taught. Alternatively, the following links are extremely useful.

 

http://uk.mathletics.com/

 

https://ttrockstars.com/home

 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize

 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Calculation Policy
  2. Mathematics Overviews