Mathematics allows us to make sense of our world. Our aim is to ensure pupils gain a solid understanding of the main ideas in Mathematics, become proficient in calculations and processes and can use their understanding to reason about mathematical situations and solve problems confidently. We aspire to develop in pupils a love of Maths, puzzles and games and a willingness to embrace mathematical challenges.
We employ a CPA approach (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) to help develop a deeper understanding of the ideas in Mathematics, leading to mastery:
- Concrete: equipment and Concrete materials are manipulated by pupils to visualise the structure of the Mathematics and to explore and demonstrate their thinking;
- Pictorial: drawings, models, diagrams and images are used by pupils to represent the Mathematics and explore, clarify and demonstrate their thinking;
- Abstract: opportunities to use Abstract symbols, signs and digits allow pupils to become familiar with formal methods and recordings and become more efficient in their thinking and working.
Throughout KS1 and 2, we base much of the teaching on the Inspire Maths scheme, which is developed from Singapore Maths. This scheme introduces bar modelling and the part-part-whole concept to help children apply their understanding to problem solving. Practical work, partner work and Mathematical talk all help to deepen understanding; pupils are encouraged to explain their own methods and analyse their own and other’s mistakes. Pupils also access a 15 minute Daily Maths Meeting, in which they consolidate previous learning, leading to increased proficiency and confidence. The key concepts covered include the areas of number, shape, position and direction, data handling and measures.
We use an online platform called Sumdog, which allows pupils to practise and consolidate their learning of Maths at home.
We use "We Love Maths!" diaries as part of our homework. Each book contains ten Maths activities which require no specialist equipment or calculation methodology. They have one aim- to encourage children to enjoy thinking mathematically at home. These books act like a reading diary (except they are Maths diaries!) The children take them home and work on a fun Mathematical activity with an adult, who then initials and sends the book back. Although there are only ten tasks in the book, they are each suitable for repeating several times, to help reinforce learning.