We believe mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, communicate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in numbers, shapes and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles. Our principal aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills, understanding and mastery in mathematics. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations. Problem Solving in mathematics is integrated into planning and teaching and where possible, cross curricular links are made. In all classes there are children of differing mathematical abilities. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems. One of our school improvement priorities is to improve teaching and learning in maths, through developing more opportunities for maths across the curriculum with a real purpose and real audience.
We use White Rose and Rising Stars materials to plan for progression across our mixed age classes.
This year we are at the start of an exciting adventure to develop mastery in maths through taking part in a Teacher Research Group, in partnership with the NCETM and the Archimedes Maths Hub.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, the teaching of mathematics covers Numbers, Shape, Space and Measures. Children are taught through play and they experience mathematics through a wide range of activities including songs and rhymes; practical activities and mathematical games; individual, group and whole class discussions and activities; open and closed tasks; active ‘hands on’ ways of recording; working with computers as a mathematical tool; problem solving/investigations. Concepts of shape, space, direction, size, length, capacity and mass are developed through sand, water and tactile play, outdoor provision, small world play, storytelling and nursery rhymes.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2
Our mathematics curriculum is organised into areas of Number, Measurement and Geometry throughout Year 1 to Year 6 with Statistics being introduced from Year 2 upwards and Algebra and Ratio and Proportion in Year 6. The school has developed a guide to calculations which illustrates progression and outlines methods to be taught. Through all areas, children are given opportunities to work on a range of activities with varied timescales – some short in duration and some developed over a longer period.Children engage in: practical activities and mathematical games; problem solving/investigations; individual, paired, group and collaborative activities; open and closed tasks; a range of methods of calculating such as mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator; working with computers as a mathematical tool; consolidation of basic skills and number facts.
From June 2020, the Y4 multiplication table check will become mandatory. The multiplication tables check is designed to help ensure children in primary school know their times tables up to 12 off by heart. As well as being critical for everyday life, knowledge of multiplication tables helps children to solve problems quickly and flexibly, and allows them to tackle more complex mathematics later on in school. Our maths subject lead has been working in partnership with the Swaledale Teaching School Alliance to develop materials to support teaching and learning and we are taking part in the voluntary roll out to schools this year.