Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems.
At Powell’s we feel that our teaching of maths enables pupils to:
- Enjoy maths and feel confident in exploring all aspects of the subject by the time they leave the school
- To think clearly and logically
- To work systematically through a task to find an answer
- To experiment with number and adopt a flexible and open ended approach
- To work independently and cooperatively
- Develop their skills in fluency, reasoning and problem solving
Teaching and Learning
Maths is taught for an hour daily across the school. Lessons will often be structured into two discrete sessions; a re-enforcer lasting up to 20 minutes and the main teaching session lasting up to 55 minutes.
During the re-enforcer, the children revisit past learning and develop their fluency with key mathematical skills often with a focus on the 4 operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We feel that the regular rehearsals of these core skills is key to ensuring the children feel confident to use and apply them independently.
The main teaching session introduces new learning to the children. It will often involve a concise input from the teacher where discussion and mathematical talk is modelled and encouraged with the children and personal whiteboards are used to encourage the children’s involvement and practice in the lesson. During their written work, the children work through three levels; Do it, Twist it and Solve it; each focusses on developing the children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving respectively.
Pupils have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources in all aspects of Maths at Powell’s These include number lines, 100 squares and other apparatus to support their work. The use of practical manipulatives, such as base 10, Numicon, cubes, dice, place value counters and number cards, is encouraged throughout EYs, KS1 and KS2 to support the development of concepts through concrete representations before moving to the pictorial and abstract. Good use is made of the interactive whiteboards to support mathematical learning. We have a high ratio of teaching assistant support as required.
Calendar Maths / Number of the Day
Calendar Maths (or Number of the Day in E/Y and Y1) is taught in all classes, either as part of the daily maths lesson or as a discrete session, for 5 - 10 minutes. Calendar Maths is a daily maths program that provides activities to preview, review, practise, and discuss critical mathematical concepts and skills.
Times tables are taught in a variety of ways at Powell’s. These include pattern spotting, chanting, skip counting, card games and online games such as ‘Hit the Button’. We use a programme called Times tables Rockstars as a means of tracking the children’s progress in their times tables as well as giving them a fun, engaging ‘go to’ programme to practise and make progress on their tables at home as well as in school. Through this programme the children are regularly assessed and then work through a series of levels that become progressively more challenging as their competency and confidence grows until they have shown an ability to recall all times tables up to 12 x 12.
Each teacher and year group from Y2 upwards uses the programme differently in school. Children in Years 2,3 and 4 are given at least 20 minutes on the programme in school each week and in Years 5 and 6 it is used as the teacher feels appropriate.
All children however are given their login to use freely at home at the start of Year 2.
In Early Years, Mathematics (Numbers and Shape, Space and Measures) is planned using the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile and supported by the White Rose Hub planning resources for Early Years.
Mathematics is planned in year groups in accordance with the National Curriculum 2014.
Each year group works from a yearly overview, detailing how coverage of the statutory requirements will be ensured throughout the year. Teachers use a common planning proforma to detail their weekly plans. Objectives from the yearly overview are met through using the Kangaroo Maths scheme and other resources as appropriate. We work to ensure that all children are able to master the Maths curriculum: work is differentiated as required across year groups.
Teachers mark the children’s work either during or after a lesson to give immediate feedback and dispel any misconceptions which may have arisen as soon as possible. In addition to this, at the end of each term, a formal assessment is made of the children to measure their confidence with the content taught when working completely independently.
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