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Westvale Park

Primary Academy

Always Children First

Mathematics

Maths is all around us. Learning to understand the number system is one of the most important things that any child will do at our school. So much learning depends on a secure grasp of number and we prioritise giving children opportunities to deepen their understanding. Our goal is for all children to be confident mathematicians and resilient problem solvers who can access a wide range of mathematical contexts and clearly articulate their reasoning. Children are taught Maths every day. We want pupils to develop a love for mathematics and that playing with numbers can be fun. 

 

Our pupils foster a real love of numbers and to establish children as lifelong problem solvers, in an ever-changing world. We promote both individual depth of knowledge and collaborative, problem solving skills. We set a high profile for maths in our school and everyone across the school community helps to promote its importance.

 

We follow the teaching sequence outlined by the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning. This ensures that a coherent, consistent approach is adopted in all year groups

 

The White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning reflect the content of the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum for Maths.

 

The curriculum is broken down into small manageable steps in order to ensure that each lesson has a clear focus and helps children understand concepts by following a carefully planned sequence of lessons. This avoids the cognitive overload that can occur when too many concepts are covered at once and ensures that each lesson contributes to the long-term goal. Within each lesson, children have the opportunity to acquire, practise, apply and deepen their knowledge and skills as appropriate. Pupils who understand concepts quickly are challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated problems to deepen their understanding. Concepts are revisited over time so that children can reinforce them and embed them into their long- term memory.

 

 

When introduced to a new concept, children have the opportunity to follow the concrete – pictorial - abstract approach. Concrete objects and manipulatives help them understand what they are doing. Alongside these, children use pictorial representations that can be used to help reason and solve problems. Concrete and pictorial representations then help support children’s understanding of abstract methods.

To best meet the needs of children in Maths we adopt our Maths lessons to be taught as a whole class where our less confident learner’s tasks are scaffolded effectively to access the same content and our more confident learners are provided with opportunities to expand and master their skillset.

 

Staff refer to the Calculation Policy when teaching formal methods, understanding that sometimes children have their own efficient methods that they employ. Workshops and online tutorials will be offered to parents so that they can support their children at home.

 

Magic Maths

 

Magic maths sessions are timetabled 4 times per week. These short 10 to 15-minute maths blasts are planned to improve fluency and revisit prior learning. During Magic Maths lessons, children enjoy songs and the quick pace of activities. Children are not exposed to new learning, providing the opportunity to master and become confident in number skills.

 

Meet Maths Monster who often has a problem that the children need to help him solve

 

 

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