We believe that every child has the right to become a confident and competent mathematician. We want children to understand the purpose of mathematical concepts they learn in school, so they are able to apply these skills to their own lives.
Our approach to maths aligns with the following structure:
- Conceptual Understanding – Understanding ‘why maths works’
During this part of the learning journey, children gain experience of mathematical concepts using practical resources and concrete materials. Models and images are used so that children can see the links between concepts. Common misconceptions are also challenged.
- Procedural Fluency – Gaining confidence in the skill
During this part of the learning journey, children accurately and efficiently carry out procedures using given strategies. The aim is to become accurate and efficient.
- Reasoning and Problem Solving – Applying the skill
During this part of the learning journey, children explore the skills they have learnt in different ways, often combining them with previously-taught skills. Word problems and multi-step problems are also used in this section to enable children to recognise the correct calculations needed to solve problems, often using bar models to help them to break down larger problems. Real-life contexts are included as much as possible.
Whilst detailed medium-term planning is produced every term, teachers will adapt the specifics of the learning journeys to suit their cohort and individuals within their class.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button (TopMarks Times Tables Game)
https://play.ttrockstars.com/ (Times Tables Rockstars)
https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-numeracy-glossary-for-parents (Maths Glossary)