Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. It is integral to all aspects of life, and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a deep, long-lasting, adaptable and secure understanding of the subject.
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of Mathematics.
At Warcop CE Primary School we aim to develop:
- A growth mindset about ability to learn Mathematics
- A positive attitude towards Mathematics and an awareness of how fascinating elements of Mathematics can be
- Competence and confidence with numbers and the number system and other
mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- Problem solvers, who can reason, think logically, work systematically and apply their knowledge of Mathematics
- An ability to communicate using mathematical language
- An ability to work both independently and with others
Teaching and Learning
Warcop CE Primary School teaches Mathematics for Mastery, and uses the Maths - No Problem! programme of study. Our principle aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Mathematics. We want the children in the school to develop a deep, long term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Teaching for Mastery ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of Mathematics. Within a unit of work, the time spent on a specific learning objective or objectives depends on the needs of the children.
Regular lessons follow a 5 part structure:
- In Focus task - open ended group or pair work around the lesson objective
- Let’s Learn - teacher led learning
- Guided practice - group or pair work to develop learning
- Independent task - workbook based independent consolidation of learning
Additionally teachers may wish to use a plenary to address misconceptions, assess understanding, consolidate the lesson’s learning or make links to related topics and future learning.
During Maths lessons we encourage children to ask as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as part-whole models, place value grids, ten squares, number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work. Children use ICT in Mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning, as in modelling ideas and methods.
Teachers carry out curriculum planning in Mathematics in line with the structures and recommendations outlined in the MNP Lesson Guides and Curriculum Overviews.