We believe that ALL pupils should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. The National Curriculum talks about ‘Mastery’. We believe that this defines a child who can use mathematics across the curriculum, use maths confidently and be able to explain what they are doing to somebody else. We follow the "White Rose Maths Mastery' approach throughout school. We start with problem solving - asking children to investigate, work independently, encourage them to make links and find different ways of doing things.
During the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, maths forms part of many interactive learning experiences. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration and discussion.
During Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, all children work towards mastery. They may be supported by the teacher/teaching assistant and will make use of manipulatives (eg cubes, diennes) to support their learning. Chidlren are encouraged to work independently or in groups and may use a pictorial representation to show how they worked a problem out. If working on ‘gold’ challenges, they will be showing greater depth in maths, working at an abstract level (eg. they can solve challenges without any scaffolding). Throughout, children develop their use of mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems. Progress is monitored in termly target setting and Pupil Progress Meetings (PPM).
All pupils start the day with a short, 'Let's Calculate' session, where the children practise and develop their ability to solve calculations. This helps to reinforce prior learning and ensures that all children are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics as they make their way through key stages.