Maths is used every day whether we realise it or not! For example, we check our change when out shopping, estimate the cost of a new carpet or decide what time we need to leave the house to get to the train station.
At Woodthorpe, we aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical education taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way. We use ‘real life’ experiences so children begin to understand the importance of applying maths skills in order to solve problems and engage them for future learning. Maths is taught daily and children move through the Key Stages building on existing skills and developing their knowledge and understanding. Pupils explore all four number operations and are encouraged to try different strategies that best suit their learning. Pupils explore shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. They are given lots of opportunities to discuss their methods and encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
As part of the mastery approach a positive teacher mind-set and strong subject knowledge are key to student success in Mathematics. It is not the case that some pupils can do Mathematics and others cannot. No pupil should be left behind. The focus is keeping up over catching up. By making high expectations clear and emphasising the value of Mathematics education, pupils are encouraged to build confidence and resilience. Abilities are neither fixed nor innate, but can be developed through practice, support, dedication and hard work.
Here, at Woodthorpe, we have recently introduced 'Power Maths', which develops the teaching of maths for mastery. Power Maths is a UK curriculum mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence in maths. It is written specifically for UK curriculum classrooms by leading mastery experts from around the world and recommended by the UK’s Department for Education.
Power Maths is an enriched approach that cleverly combines interactive teaching tools, rich and quality textbooks and practice books.
There is a strong emphasis on whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving on to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
Maths is taught through a daily Numeracy lesson which follows the principles of the Primary Numeracy Curriculum. Lesson design identifies the new mathematics that is to be taught, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through the learning. Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
We want our children to know and understand mathematical concepts, skills, facts, relationships and strategies and be able to apply and communicate these in a confident way.
In the Foundation Stage, teaching follows the Early Learning Goals of the Foundation Curriculum. In KS1 and KS2, mathematics is taught every day and we teach basic numeracy skills alongside problem-solving. Teachers use practical equipment, visual images, computer programmes and drawings as much as possible to enable children to visualise the maths they are doing. We teach a wide variety of mental and written strategies, eventually encouraging children to independently determine the best strategy to solve problems. Children use mathematics in a range of other lessons and are encouraged to use their growing knowledge at all times.