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 will 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 children are expected to judge their own understanding during maths lessons by choosing a particular level of challenge or support (Bronze, Silver or Gold). For example, a child may choose to stay on ‘bronze’ as this means they will be supported by the teacher/teaching assistant and may use manipulatives (eg cubes, diennes) to support their work. If they choose silver, they will work independently and may use a pictorial representation to show how they worked a problem out. If working at ‘gold’ they will work at an abstract level (eg. they will write their answer as a number sentence). 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).
Additionally, pupils in KS2 have a 15 minutes ‘Mini Maths’ session after lunch. This is a practical session, building on mental arithmetic, times tables, maths vocabulary, etc.