Teaching is designed to help learners to remember in the long term, the content they have been taught and to integrate new knowledge into larger concepts’ (Ofsted 2019).
The National Curriculum (2014) states that three aims of mathematics aim to ensure that all pupils:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
Can solve problems
At Hartburn Primary School we recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. We use the calculation policy to inform parents of the different methods which could be used in school depending on the stage of the child. It also includes the appropriate terminology used in our teaching and children are expected to use it in their verbal and written explanations. We endeavour at all times to set work that is challenging, motivating and encourages the pupils to talk about what they have been doing.
We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum, which will produce individuals who are literate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to their full potential.
Children with special educational needs are also expected to make significant progress and work on the curriculum for their year group where possible – interventions/support plans. Gifted and Talented/More Able/Greater Depth children should be given a range of experiences in mathematics to broaden and deepen their understanding, rather than accelerating to the next year group’s objectives.
Mathematics within the Early Years is guided by the requirements and recommendations set out in the Early Years ‘Development Matters’ EYFS document – ‘Number’ and ‘Shape, Space and Measure’.
Children have a daily specific mathematics lesson where objectives are taught in a broad range of contexts in which children can explore, enjoy, learn, practise and talk about their developing understanding. Once the Early Learning Goals have has been achieved, children are given access to the exceeding statements.
To implement the objectives of the Primary National Curriculum, we use ‘Focus Maths’ to assist with planning and progression. A range of other resources, including Gareth Metcalfe, Target Your Maths and Maths of the Day are also used.
Our staff follow the National Curriculum guidelines for each year group and regularly assess the children’s progress and understanding in these areas. We currently use Focus Whole School Maths Curriculum which includes, MTP/LTP, Weekly breakdown of materials, Mastery and Greater Depth activities which are complimented by a wide range of other resources.
All children are given ample opportunities to develop their understanding of mathematics through their extended provision, alongside their daily taught lesson. Indoor and outdoor environments are utilised fully to enable children to discover through physical activity and develop understanding of mathematical concepts.
Children are given sufficient time, space and encouragement to discover mathematical ideas, concepts and language during child-initiated activities in their own play. They are provided with opportunities to practise and extend their skills in these areas and to gain confidence and competence in their use.
Fifteen minute arithmetic sessions take place daily in Key Stage 1 and 2 – focusing on fluency of key number skills and times tables.
Mathematical vocabulary is of the utmost importance to a child becoming a fluent and confident mathematician. Once vocabulary has been embedded and secured, it should be revisited and discussed regularly to ensure retention and sustainable progression – this is encouraged daily.
Pupils are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their mathematical skills in and across each phase of education.
The teaching of mathematics at Hartburn Primary School provides opportunities for:
whole class teaching
Pupils engage in:
the development of mental strategies
consolidation of basic skills and number facts
Mathematics is also encouraged at home with the support of parents to address personalised areas of focus through the use of ConquerMaths and TT Rockstars.
To achieve resilient, confident and skilful mathematicians.
A consistent approach to mathematics across school.
Teaching for retention.
Learners make sustained/accelerated progress
Learners are able to retain and recall key mathematical strategies and facts.
Learners have appropriate and progressive calculation strategies and methods.
Learners are able to retain and recall key mathematical vocabulary.