The Huntspill Primary Academies Intent for Maths
At The Huntspill Primary Academies we want all pupils to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding of the concepts taught.
We have chosen to use the White Rose Maths Mastery planning documents as the main support for our teaching of Maths, which offers a small steps approach to learning the main concepts. As our classes are mixed age ranges, teachers use the mixed age planning documents and their professional judgement when planning using White Rose and link concepts and strategies as appropriate to their year groups. Lessons are planned using a sequence of connected lessons which develop the use of manipulatives and representations which will lead the children through a concrete- pictorial-abstract approach to understanding the key mathematical concepts. As a Federation, we use a range of manipulatives in all year groups to provide all children with the opportunity to practically develop their number concepts and skills. When children are confident with these skills and concepts we move towards pictorial and abstract representations.
“Our aim is to develop a deep, conceptual understanding of mathematical skills, knowledge and vocabulary through a ‘mastery’ approach to maths.”
We aim for all pupils to
- Become confident with Maths strategies, making links between the concepts that they learn.
- Develop their abilities with greater skill when talking about their mathematical thinking and reason with confidence, using vocabulary correctly to show a good understanding of their learning.
- Problem solve with independence and resilience and use new and existing skills.
- Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which will enable mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
Children are given opportunities to develop their skills during daily, hour long maths lessons which include fluency, problem solving and reasoning aspects. Teachers use a range of resources in daily lessons to support all children’s development of fluency using the four operations.
In EYFS and KS1 children will be taught to develop fluency and recall of key number facts. Fluency will include using whole numbers, place value and counting. The children will be taught to use the four operations using manipulatives and concrete materials before moving towards pictorial and abstract approaches. Fluency of times table facts using a range of practises will also be developed. Children will develop the early stages of reasoning by talking about their practises in Maths using key vocabulary and using concrete materials, leading to pictorial representations. They will be able to recognise, compare and describe shapes and will experience a range of measure activities.
In KS2 children will develop fluency of the four operations and times table facts through daily maths lessons. They will be taught efficient formal written methods to accurately perform calculations using all four operations and with increasingly larger numbers (including decimals). They will be able to draw on skills using their knowledge and understanding of the concrete-pictorial-abstract approaches. Children will be taught to solve a wide range of problems involving fractions, percentages, ratio and decimals using a range of approaches. Children will classify and use the vocabulary of shape when comparing them. Children will be taught to develop mathematical reasoning skills using correct vocabulary to enable them to confidently describe and analyse the relationships between numbers.
In all year groups, where possible and appropriate, top up sessions will be used daily, as necessary, to immediately tackle misconceptions and consolidate learning if concepts are not understood.
By the end of EYFS, children will have a deep understanding of numbers to 10, subitise up to 5 and recall number bonds including doubles. They will be able to count verbally beyond 20 and compare quantities up to 10, recognising when one is greater than, less than or the same.
By the end of KS1, children will be able to confidently recall number bonds to 20, multiplication facts for 2, 5 and 10 times tables and will show a good understanding of place value. They will have a solid understanding of the four operations and be able to reason and problem solve in a variety of contexts.
By the end of KS2 children will be fluent in the fundamentals of maths including written methods for all four operations. They will draw upon their own skills and knowledge using the concrete-pictorial-abstract model and they will be able to use algebra as a means of solving a range of problems. Children will reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
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