Our vision for maths ensures every pupil is given a broad, balanced, engaging and relevant curriculum, navigated by the requirements of the National Curriculum and any other guidance documents.
To achieve the National Curriculum aims at Greenfields Federation we aim to enable children:
- To promote accuracy when working with number.
- To develop an understanding of mathematical vocabulary and to promote the use of correct terminology and notation.
- To be given linked opportunities in other subjects to reinforce and extend mathematical skills.
- To be given the opportunity to rehearse existing knowledge and skills in order to keep them sharp and enhance them, including the practice of instant recall of number facts.
- To be taught the skills, and be given the opportunities to figure out answers mentally.
- To be taught strategies for checking answers to judge whether they are reasonable.
- To be given opportunities to explain and make predictions from numbers in graphs, charts and tables.
- To suggest suitable units for measuring.
- To have the opportunity to show how they can apply their skills and knowledge independently in problem solving contexts, thinking logically and working systematically and accurately.
- To develop positive attitudes towards the subject and awareness of the relevance of mathematics in the real world.
- To have the initiative and motivation to work both independently and in co-operation with others.
- To develop an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation, asking and answering questions and learning from mistakes.
At Littlehaven and Northolmes, we follow the White Rose Scheme of learning. As staff, we know that our children need to work at a slower pace and have time to revisit key concepts. The White Rose Scheme accounts for small steps and time for revisiting and consolidation where needed. Progression of skills and concepts can be found in the Long Term Plan, Calculation and Times Tables Policies. In addition, staff subject knowledge has been an area of development. The White Rose Scheme supports staff in addressing key concepts in a logical order, whilst also providing subject knowledge, useful questioning examples and important models to be used within mathematics teaching.
Our lessons follow a 7-part structure to ensure the mastery approach is supported. This structure allows for clear demonstration of progression through the following pattern:
- Do now (review of previous learning, providing questions to pre-teach the new)
- New Learning (introducing the learning for today, children are often using concrete/pictorial representations, continuous cycle of ‘I do, we do, you do’
- Talk task (a carefully selected reasoning task for children to apply their new learning to
- Develop learning (continue ‘I do, we do, you do’ cycle, moving into the abstract form)
- Independent tasks (presented by chilli challenges which offer differing depths within the same objective)
- Plenary (reasoning task for whole class to discuss and develop language skills)
For our SEN children, our curriculum enables time for them to revisit gaps in their learning in the ‘Do Now’ section of the learning, and the importance placed on use of resources is fundamental in supporting them to access their appropriate year group objectives.
For our ‘more able’ or ‘rapid grasper’ children, additional challenges can be found on slides, they may be encouraged to begin independent tasks sooner or they will have access to deeper tasks within the chilli challenges.
This tablet-friendly game allows children to practise key fluency facts from their bonds to 10 to their times tables. Topmarks also hosts a variety of other maths games to explore.
Another tablet-friendly game encouraging children to master their times tables. All children will have a log in to access their own character and earn ‘coins’ to develop and improve their own avatar! This is a great site for building fluency, and the ‘Sound Check’ area of the website mimics the Multiplication check children take in Year 4.
The following link will take you to a website which emulates the Multiplication Check children take in Year 4.
This website provides a wealth of resources to practise key arithmetic skills. There is also an area of ‘manipulatives’ where children can use an interactive version of familiar resources they use in school to aid them with answering questions.
- Parent information about MTC – letter and power point
- Times Table home support document
- Link to KS2 SATs info