Maths

 

Intent

At Alkrington Primary school we believe that maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Therefore, our intention is to deliver a high-quality mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. It is taught as a discrete subject but is also integrated into other subject areas. Pupils develop mathematical knowledge and skills using a variety of methods: mental strategies, practical activity, fluency, written calculations; problem solving, reasoning and application of basic skills. Pupils work within age related expectations and are striving to master the curriculum.

Implementation

Children are taught mathematics in daily lessons that are planned from a wide range of high-quality resources including White Rose Maths, Classroom Secrets, Target Maths and Tough Ten retrieval practice. We follow the CPA (concrete-pictorial-abstract) approach where children are shown a variety of methods to ensure mastery of any concept. Mathematical toolkits and resources are readily available in the classrooms and teachers model how to use them. Lessons are differentiated to suit the learning styles of our pupils and CHALLENGE is at the heart of our curriculum. Pre learning tasks (Try its) ensure that activities are pitched at the right level and ‘Fix-it activities’ are planned, day-by-day, ensuring pupils are ready for their new learning.  Fluency, Reasoning and Problem-solving tasks are incorporated into daily lessons. Each lesson starts with a recap starter (Flashbacks) and an arithmetic practice/consolidation activity. This ensures that key areas of learning are regularly revisited and kept on the boil’ to ensure solidification of sticky knowledge

Within daily lessons, the children are encouraged to practise independent tasks where they have the ability to refine, reason or expand the skills and concepts they have been taught.  Daily arithmetic practice occurs daily in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6. The children are given opportunity to reason with answers and prove how they know their answers are correct through the use of jottings and/or formal methods.  Multiplication is taught in a variety of interactive ways from use of apps such as TTRockstars; Purple Mash and Mathletics to formal and informal strategies during the school day. Teachers support all pupils towards The Multiplication Check in Year 4, ensuring that knowledge of the multiplication tables is a high priority.  School technology including tablets, iPads and laptops are used to enhance learning and challenge in mathematics and the use of technology is encouraged at home.

Impact

As a result of our Maths teaching at Alkrington Primary School, you will see:  

  • Engaged children who are all challenged.
  • Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
  • Lessons that use a variety of approaches and resources to support learning.
  • Different representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make at least good progress from their individual starting points.