This mathematics statement is underpinned by the School Curriculum Intent statement and our school vision of ‘Together we grow, achieve and celebrate’.
At Woolaston Primary School, we believe Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected subject that is essential to everyday life.
It is our intent, that our provision, along with our school values, will provide children with a foundation for understanding Mathematics by reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving. They will do this by being resilient individuals so that they are fully prepared for the future. Our aim is to develop a positive culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths where children are independent and risk takers. It is also our ambition, that through Maths, we will teach our children about cultural diversity and what it is to be globally aware.
By adopting a Mastery approach, it is also intended that all children, regardless of their starting point, will leave Woolaston Primary School with an appreciation and enthusiasm for Maths, resulting in a lifelong positive relationship with Mathematics.
We do this by:
At Woolaston Primary School, we deliver two daily maths sessions in KS1, KS2:
In EYFS, the curriculum is delivered through two main approaches:
Each of our maths sessions include a balance of Fluency (Do it), Reasoning (Secure it) and Problem-solving (Deepen it). In the main maths session, we use our whole school learning behaviours to encourage children to be: good listeners by engaging in the lesson through responding to questioning and engaging in the strategies, vocabulary and tasks they are set; to be a risk taker by having a ‘Can Do’ attitude towards maths across fluency, reasoning and problem solving; being resilient as learners so that they can overcome mistakes and learn from them; to be able to work collaboratively with others by discussing and sharing their ideas, thoughts, reasons and justifications.
Our maths on track meetings are designed to focus on key skills that link to the prior learning that has taken place. These sessions are used to deepen understanding and can take different forms (arithmetic, problem solving, manipulative work etc.)
In EYFS, Mathematics will often take a slightly different approach; it involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills across the Mathematics curriculum (counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure) through play, discussion, questioning and exploring. These activities are often child-initiated and adult-directed.
In lessons, work is adapted by the teacher so that it is differentiated/scaffolded to the individual child so that they can access the lesson. This can be done through use of manipulatives, different strategies, adult support, visual aids and further differentiation.
The use of concrete resources including Numicon, Base 10 and place value counters, fractions walls etc. and pictorial representations (paper-based and use of programs such as Maths Bot) are used to help learners understand the structure of the Maths they are learning.
We use the CUBES approach to problem-solving to develop the link between pictorial and abstract and a deeper understanding of mathematical concept.
We use the Can Do scheme to support our maths curriculum; we follow the scheme of learning and adjust it to suit our learners to allow them to make the best progress.
We also use a wide range of resources to further develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving: Nrich, MathsBot, White Rose, NCETM, Classroom Secrets
National Curriculum and the EYFS curriculum is referenced to support our planning process.
At Woolaston Primary school, we aim: