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Mathematics

Mathematics plays a key role in a child’s development.

Through the development of mathematical understanding, children begin to understand the world around them, interpret situations and solve problems. Research has proven that early mathematical understanding is strongly associated with later school achievement – having a considerable impact on progress and outcomes both educationally and in life.

 

In our academy, we have a clear understanding of the National Curriculum content coverage that we teach following the White Rose Maths long- and medium-term planning overviews. We use the 3.0 version of the White Rose Maths planning overviews due to the further research and consideration into the most appropriate learning progression. We use research-informed practices for the greatest impact. For this reason, we believe in, and adopt, the NCETM and Maths Hub ‘Five Big Ideas’ fundamental characteristics for the teaching for mastery in mathematics.

In addition to the mastery mathematics lessons, sessions are taught to secure the understanding of number and arithmetic. We believe that these approaches support children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and be ready for their next stage of learning.

We value the importance of securing early number sense. We teach early number skills in Early Years and KS1 following the NCETM Mastering Number. Our children are then ready to progress onto their next learning phase.

From the very first day in Nursery, children are engaged in fun learning activities to develop the building blocks of early maths. As children move in to Reception, they continue to have a timetabled daily NCETM Mastering Number lesson where they secure their understanding of number. Early number is taught throughout Early Years and Key Stage One so that children are ready to progress to Key Stage Two. Children regularly practise what they have been taught throughout the day in planned learning activities and in their play which helps to consolidate and expand on mathematical learning.

As in all our curriculum areas, we have ‘Big Ideas’ that are threads through the mathematics curriculum. These threads help children to focus on a key area of learning, as well as building on previous learning and improve their schema-building.

Our ‘Big Ideas’ for mathematics are:

  • Number Sense
    In Number Sense sessions, children will become numerate. This will include teaching children to understand and work with numbers as well as have basic knowledge of arithmetic.
  • Calculate
    In Calculate sessions, children will learn how to determine (the amount or number of something) mathematically. They will be taught to learn both mental and written strategies to calculate.
  • Reasoning
    In Reasoning sessions, children will learn how to apply logical thinking to a situation to derive the correct problem-solving strategy, and use this method to develop and describe a situation.
  • Problem Solving
    In Problem Solving sessions, children will learn that we are all born with an innate level of problem-solving. Problem solving in maths involves using knowledge and skills already learnt to answer unfamiliar types of problems. As mathematical problem solving is a learned skill, we use a toolkit to have a common approach to considering the type of problem being solved and which heuristic strategy is best to use.

 

Supporting Mathematics at Home

We know that many parents love supporting their children at home. We also know that parents want to see their children doing well.

To help children learn at home (and to support our parents) we subscribe to a brilliant website called ‘Emile’. Your child has their own login and will be able to practise their times tables, number facts and other areas of maths. The website also lets school know how well your child is doing – ask your child’s teacher for help if you are unsure.

You can also support them with securing their understanding of arithmetic (+-x÷). Here is our trust progression for each of the four operations showing what children should be able to do orally and in written form by the end of their academic year.

 

Year 4 – Multiplication Tables Check

The multiplication tables check (MTC) is an online assessment that children in Year 4 take to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for their future success in mathematics.

More information on the check, including answers to frequently asked questions, can be found in our MTC booklet.

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