The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
ï‚· Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
ï‚· Are able to reason mathematically
ï‚· Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Parklee Community School, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
Our mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Y6. In school, we follow the national curriculum and use White Rose schemes of work and the NCETM (Mastery approach) as a guide to support teachers with their planning and assessment. The calculation policy is used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time. At the start of each new topic, key vocabulary is introduced and revisited regularly to develop language acquisition, embedding as the topic progresses. Children are taught through clear modelling and have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts through reasoning and problem solving tasks. The mastery approach incorporates using objects, pictures, words and numbers to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding at all levels. Children work on the objective at whatever entrance stage they are assessed as being at. Children can acquire the skill, apply the skill or deepen the skill within the lesson. Children move through the different stages of their learning at their own pace. Reasoning and problem solving are integral to the activities children are given to develop their mathematical thinking. Resources are readily available to assist demonstration of securing a conceptual understanding of the different skills appropriate for each year group. Children are encouraged to explore, apply and evaluate their mathematical approach during investigations to develop a deeper understanding when solving different problems / puzzles. A love of maths is encouraged throughout school via links with others subjects, applying an ever growing range of skills with growing independence. Children with additional needs are included in whole class lessons and teachers provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. For those children who are working outside of the year group curriculum, individual learning activities are provided to ensure their progress.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Our is that by the time children leave Parklee they can demonstrate;
ï‚· A quick recall of facts and procedures. This includes the recollection of the times table.
ï‚· Children show confidence in believing that they will achieve.
ï‚· Each child achieves objectives (expected standard) for year group.
ï‚· The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of maths.
ï‚· The chance to develop the ability to recognise relationships and make connections in maths lessons.
ï‚· Mathematical concepts or skills are mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
ï‚· Children show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of the work
We assess Mathematics in Early Years using the ELG's.
In KS1 and KS2 children complete a termly Arithemetic assessment.
In KS1 children are assessed termly with the NFER assesments and at the end of Y2 with the national end of Key Stage 1 SAT's.
In KS2 children are assessed termly with the NFER assessments. In Y4 children complete the Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) and at the end of Y6 children complete the national end of Key Stage 2 SAT's.
All assessments are recorded on the school tracking system INSIGHT.