At St. Mary’s RCVA Primary School we recognise that maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We aim to promote a love of maths while providing a high-quality mathematics education with a mastery approach so that all children can: become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics; reason mathematically; solve problems by applying their mathematics.
(National Curriculum 2014)
At St. Mary’s, teachers plan and deliver lessons or series of lessons which follow the fluency, problem solving and reasoning model. Some staff use Classroom Secrets, White Rose, NCETM or Goodstuff Primary Resources to enhance the provision of maths learning. Individual assessment sheets are utilised and completed in books across the year to identify gaps and inform planning.
Precise questioning is used to test conceptual and procedural knowledge and next steps will be marked in books where appropriate.
Staff know how and when manipulatives will be used within in each lesson to scaffold difficult tasks (well-resourced maths equipment).
School subscribes to Espresso, Mathletics, Mathsframe and Hamilton Trust to provide substantial online support for the children in their maths learning.
Assessment of learning is used to identify misconceptions and next steps (Durham Statements and TAFs).
Tasks and challenge questions are used to challenge pupils to apply and deepen their learning and mathematical reasoning.
Maths project weeks are timetabled regularly throughout the academic year to enthuse, inspire and generate a love for maths.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), we relate the mathematical aspects of the children's work to the Development Matters statements and the Early Learning Goals (ELG), as set out in the EYFS profile document. Mathematics development involves providing children with opportunities to practise and improve their skills in counting numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems, and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures. We continually observe and assess children against these areas using their age-related objectives, and plan the next steps in their mathematical development through a topic-based curriculum. There are opportunities for children to encounter Maths throughout the EYFS (both inside and outside) – through both planned activities and the self-selection of easily accessible quality maths resources. Whenever possible children’s interests are used to support delivering the maths curriculum.
Towards the end of Reception teachers aim to draw the elements of a daily mathematics lesson together so that by the time children move into Year 1 they are familiar with a more structured approach.