Maths at All Saints
THE NATURE OF MATHEMATICS
“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.”
(The National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014)
At All Saints Primary we believe that Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real- life problems. Our pupils experience maths in a range of contexts and within other subjects by providing a rich and broad curriculum. Mathematics provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore. We want our pupils to be confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks, be fully prepared for their next stage in education and ultimately, function effectively in the wider world.
We our nurturing and supporting our children to become mathematically literate and we aim to develop confident learners who can apply knowledge and skills to a wide variety of concepts within lessons and real-life contexts. Children develop the flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics and the ability to recognise relationships and make connections. A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations. Children also learn the importance of maths in further education, in employment and living in the real world to enable them to have the necessary knowledge and skills to function effectively in real life.
Through the implementation of our maths curriculum design, we want all children to make good progress from their starting points and have the confidence to complete tests and achieve well in them. Disadvantaged and SEND pupils make accelerated progress through the effective and timely implementation of early targeted support and interventions.
How do we teach maths?
Using the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum for Mathematics and the EYFS Framework we aim to develop:
- An enjoyment and curiosity of mathematics and for children to feel confident to become successful;
- Children’s abilities to use and apply mathematics to solve problems in both the classroom and in ‘real life’ contexts;
- A confidence to communicate ideas in written form and orally;
- Independent and collaborative ways of working, encouraging children to share ideas and solve problems together;
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary to be modelled and used in the classroom environment;
- The children’s ability to recall mental facts accurately and quickly and using effective written calculation methods;
- Children’s logical thinking, reasoning and ability to problem solve as transferable life skills.
As a school we follow the White Rose scheme from Reception through to Year 6. It follows a mastery approach to teaching mathematics across the school, allowing the children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and problem solve. It uses an approach which allows the pupils to progress through using concrete resources, to being able to understand and produce pictorial representations and then use abstract thinking. This is further outlined in our calculation policy. This helps the children to understand mathematics and make connections. There is a great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
During lessons children engage in:
- The development of mental strategies
- Written methods
- Practical work
- Investigational work
- Mathematical discussion using precise mathematical language.
- Consolidation of basic skills and routines
All Saints Learning Journeys
In order for our children to be fully involved in their own personal learning journey, we make use of our ‘Maths Learning Journeys’ so that the children are able to look at their progress and understand that their learning is part of a bigger picture. If you would like a copy of your child’s learning journey, please contact school