Mathematics is ‘essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment’ (National Curriculum)
At Roundwood Primary we all work together to nurture and challenge each individual child through our provision, striving to create life-long learners, capable of facing challenges and recognising their own needs and achievements. Maths is taught as 2 smaller classes per year group, in order to give the most personalised learning possible and provide children with a deeper understanding of the world around them with the ability to reason, explain and justify mathematically and the capacity to learn from mistakes. Through carefully planned lessons and activities, we endeavour to instil a ‘sense of enjoyment and curiosity’ about mathematics in all children.
The domains covered in mathematics are:
– Number, place value and rounding, approximation and estimation
– Addition and subtraction
– Multiplication and division
– Fractions, Decimals, Percentages Ratio and Proportion
– Geometry: properties of shapes, position, direction and motion
We have high expectations of learning and behaviour and regularly celebrate achievement, collaboration and effort. Teachers exploit cross curricular links wherever possible and establish maths learning within a variety of contexts. Special maths days occur each year to further develop investigative and real-life context work, which the children certainly enjoy.
Our vision and aims are aligned with the National Curriculum standards that are expected for each year group, which provide guidance for their implementation. Here, we follow the mastery approach to maths learning, which enables children to be fluent and confident, making connections across topics and subjects within maths. We deliver a CPA approach, where varied concrete resources help all children to understand the concepts being taught, then moving on to a pictoral representation using ideas developed in the concrete phase, before embarking on the abstract form of formal written methods of recording. These universal objectives ensure continuity and progression in the teaching of maths across our school, so that children are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop, extend and deepen their mathematical skills in and across each phase of education.
In Nursery and Reception, maths learning follows the Early Years Foundation Stages Framework. Children are given opportunities to extend their understanding of language learning through play and investigation, developing their characteristics of learning every day. In key stages 1 and 2, lessons engage children in the development of mental strategies, written methods, practical work, investigational work, problem solving, mathematical discussion, consolidation of basic skills and number facts. We also ensure opportunities for group work, paired work, whole class teaching and individual work. Following last year’s introduction of the mastery approach, this year we are developing our fluency skills through daily 15 minute mental maths sessions focusing on number and place value, addition and subtraction, and multiplication and division.
Each week children who are especially able at maths work in small groups with a maths specialist. Our ‘extra maths’ pupils in Year 5 and Year 6 work alongside other primary schools and Roundwood Primary School hosts this initiative. They explore mathematical ideas through investigation and discussion. We offer these children the opportunity to study in greater depth, rather than encouraging them to progress quickly through attainment targets.
There is a super website that helps parents see the bigger primary education picture across the UK with helpful documents, booklets and videos to watch. I would like to share the maths section with you. This includes ideas for fun at home, when you click on the relevant Year group tabs.