At St. Peter’s, we strive to ensure pupils’ experience a wide range of mathematical experiences that promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion. We are aiming to develop a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts rather than accelerating pupils through content without unpicking it in sufficient depth, allowing the impact of our teaching to be greater. A detailed curriculum is mapped out to enable us to deliver a ‘scheme-assisted not scheme-driven’ approach. The curriculum is mapped out across each term, ensuring longer time is prioritised for key topics and to ensure all pupils acquire and demonstrate a sufficient grasp of the mathematics relevant to their year group.
National Curriculum Programme of Study
- are confident and competent with numbers and the number system
- develop their ability to reason by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
- use the language of mathematics effectively
- understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented
- explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
- understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
- Teachers will consistently check that pupils have understood what they are learning as well as the activity they are to complete; that activities are at each child’s instructional level
- Lessons must provide opportunities for pupils to work towards their personal targets (setting out their next steps in learning)
Medium Term Plans
During mathematics lessons, children are encouraged to ask as well as answer mathematical questions using the correct mathematical vocabulary. We understand that the children are of differing mathematical abilities and aim to provide suitable learning for all the children through differentiated activities and group tasks. Teachers avoid mechanical repetition and create appropriate ways of practicing the thinking processes required with increasing creativity. Mini-plenaries are encouraged throughout the lesson when appropriate to address any misconceptions.
Lessons are planned so that all children are expected and enabled to produce outcomes reflective of a high academic standard, regardless of their individual starting points, with less confident children receiving additional support if needed to help them succeed. ‘Differentiation by depth’ ensures the problems deepen their knowledge of the same content rather than being moved onto content from future year groups.
We ensure high-attaining pupils and those who show a capacity to understand new concepts quickly, are challenged with more demanding reasoning and problem solving tasks and are given more opportunities to make links across mathematical topics.
What a lesson looks like in KS 1
|The teacher will introduce the learning objective and discuss making links with daily life.|
|If not achieved||If achieved|
|Repeat the objective with either the Teacher or Teaching Assistant||To be introduced to the next part of the objective-by either the Teacher or Teaching Assistant|
|Mini plenaries will be used throughout the lesson when appropriate to address any misconceptions.|
The following day the teacher will use his/her professional judgement to decide whether the child needs more fluency questions or reasoning, problem solving and word problems to consolidate the objective.
Throughout the week’s tasks there will be a greater emphasis on reasoning and problem solving. We believe that this approach will help develop independence in pupils.
What a lesson looks like in KS 2
The children in KS2 use Learning by Questions (LbQ). LbQ is a classroom app filled with curriculum-aligned questions that allow children to progress through questions at a level which is appropriate for them.
Good Afternoon Maths
Multiplication Tables and Number Bonds
Percy Parker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJG4ZgJTOAs
If you have any queries about maths please contact Mrs Travis. Maths Co-ordinator