We understand that having a strong mathematical foundation – where children can recall number facts quickly and accurately – is important as it allows then to build upon this knowledge. Teachers use guidance from Babcock’s No Nonsense Number facts to revisit and embed basic maths skills. The children are then able to make links between concepts so that they are challenged and supported when necessary. Children have access to physical resources across all year groups to aide their understanding.
We use rich questioning and discussion to deepen their understanding and to make them active and valued participants in the maths sessions; this leads to children having a positive attitude towards maths and an ‘I can’ mind-set. Throughout the year we reflect on our teaching through a wide range of activities including: child conferencing, staff training (both in and outside of school), collaborative planning, book scrutinies and observations; we use these to inform our planning to ensure that the children are receiving a high quality experience at Sampford Peverell.
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We have adopted the mastery approach to embed the National Curriculum and encourage the children to think deeply about mathematical ideas. The mastery approach is centred around the main concept of offering children a variety of representations of maths – concrete, pictorial and abstract. It is designed to give teachers the opportunities to cover areas of maths individually, give children a secure and deep understanding of those areas, and then to offer challenge and support when necessary.
The connective model is also used to help children make links across the maths curriculum. This helps children make links between symbols, images, language and context of calculations. In class we represent these findings in a number of ways with physical equipment, displays and diagrams.
White Rose Maths is used by teachers to help plan and deliver lessons alongside numerous other strategies including concepts and guidance from the National Centre for Excellence in the teaching of Maths (NCETM). The school has adopted the calculation policy from White Rose Maths to ensure that there is a consistent approach across all year groups in the teaching of the four number operations. These calculation documents show a clear progression throughout the year groups and are linked to the concrete – pictorial – abstract learning strategy and could be useful for parents to look at to support learning at home.
Within the Foundation Stage (FS) of Sampford Peverell – including our First Steps Nursery – we teach the children: problem solving, reasoning and numeracy skills which is adult supported. We offer the children daily informal opportunities to develop their mathematical understanding through child and adult initiated activities.
Planning is carried out to ensure that the National Curriculum objectives are covered throughout the year.
For Key Stage 1 and 2 the year group objectives for maths are available to read below:
These objectives are linked to the Primary National Curriculum 2014.
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- Thinking mathematically
- Explaining and justifying their ideas and answers
- Spotting, making and exploring connections
- Applying known facts in a flexible manner
- Working collaboratively