Our Vision for Maths
At Mapplewell Primary School maths lessons will promote an independent, can-do culture, centred around stimulating activities with a focus on using and applying, problem solving and investigation. Pupils will be given the opportunity to learn and embed skills and knowledge within an appropriate context. The development of fluency, reasoning and justification within maths will be an integral part of our pupils learning journey. Systematic approaches will be at the heart of our maths curriculum. Staff will have the confidence to plan and deliver engaging lessons that promote this and use Assessment for Learning to identify and plug misconceptions and gaps in pupil’s knowledge. Tasks will challenge every pupil’s understanding to ensure they make progress. Most importantly, pupils will enjoy and thrive within maths.
Teaching and Learning approaches
Early Years Foundation Stage
At Mapplewell Primary School we strongly believe that the foundations for good mathematical learning and understanding begin as soon as a pupil enters our school. The journey of the understanding of number begins at such an early age and these foundations need to be firm, in order for successful maths to be developed in the future. Our aim is to ensure pupils can visualise a number in a variety of forms, including being able to read and write a number, represent it confidently using a range of apparatus and use within context. The environment encourages pupils within FS1 to develop a love of mathematics through story, rhyme, books and a range of teacher-directed activities to further understanding. This is then built upon in FS2 with the start of more formal style teaching, as well as a range of opportunities to apply skills through provision within the environment. As part of our planning ‘The Firm Foundation Numicon’ is used to develop a range of opportunities to develop the skills of using a range of structured apparatus as well as ensuring the environment provides linked independent learning.
KS1 and KS2
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. This is achieved through a daily lesson that has a high proportion of whole-class and group-directed teaching. During these lessons we encourage pupils to ask, as well as answer mathematical questions. The importance of reasoning and investigational work will be a focus within the majority of lessons, however it is crucial pupils are taught the key skills to apply.
Pupils have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and structured apparatus to support and further their understanding. They will use concrete apparatus moving onto pictorial images to support their understanding of concepts. Pupils use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
In all classes there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the pupil. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work, direct group teaching and in other lessons by organising the pupils to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games.
We also believe that it is important to give all pupils the opportunities to attempt challenging work and often teach from the top, giving appropriate support through adults or use of materials to support understanding. Lessons always give pupils opportunities to discuss their learning through carefully selected questions at the start of lessons. We use classroom assistants to support some pupils and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.
Use of TTrockstars
All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will be using TTRockstars, which is used to develop quick recall of times tables and division facts. We encourage pupils to use the app or website at home and all pupils will be given a password. This is an opportunity for pupils to play against their peers, work individually or battle against the rest of the world. Within school regular opportunities will be given to celebrate pupils achievements and progress which they have made.
At Mapplewell Primary our pupils will be encouraged to:-
- Develop an enquiring mind
- Show resilience when approaching more challenging questions
- Have a good understanding of number and place value
- Develop fluency within all areas
- Be able to reason and generalise
- Take risks and not be afraid to make mistakes
- Explain and justify their understanding of mathematical concepts, through a range of methods including concrete and pictorial
- Be able to spot patterns and explain their understanding
- Make links with other areas of mathematics
- Apply skills with confidence in different contexts.
- Be able to translate what they know to everyday life skills.
- Work systematically through problems
- Use the most appropriate methods to achieve an answer.
- Use a range of structured apparatus to develop and show their understanding