Maths - Intent
We endeavour to implement a maths curriculum which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. Our aim is to create enthusiastic, creative and articulate mathematicians through an engaging curriculum and one that constantly reviews and builds upon previous learning. Each individual lesson is based upon the key elements of a mastery curriculum and follows a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. Through the use of this approach, we intend for every child to be able to succeed and to become more independent, more confident and more resilient.
We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We aim to teach our learners to become efficient, logical thinkers and to become more deeply inquisitive; looking for patterns, sequences and links between different areas of learning to encourage deeper understanding. We want children to know that maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress through the school, we intend for them to have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths - Implementation
We implement our vision for maths at Great Barton through high-quality teaching, delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals based upon the principles of mastery and a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach. We follow the White Rose programme of study and small-steps, supplemented by high-quality resources from the likes of NRICH and the NCETM. We support all our children to become more confident mathematicians and provide interventions, where necessary, using Numicon and Dynamo Maths.
Every child is expected to achieve quick recall of all the times tables facts up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4, ready for the statutory Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check in June.
At Great Barton, we use the 'Times Tables Mountain' approach to learning tables from Year 2 to Year 4. We subscribe to TTRockstars as a fun way to practise times tables, both in school and at home (click on the image below).
Maths - Home Learning
We believe it is very important for the children at our school to practise their number skills at home, as well as revisit the learning they have been doing in class. For this reason, in addition to subscribing to TTRockstars, every child has access to both Numbots and Mathletics.
Numbots is suitable for all the children in the primary age range and helps them to secure quick recall of number facts and mental calculation strategies.
Mathletics gives pupils the opportunity to revisit the majority of the objectives covered in maths in their current year groups. In KS2, in particular, teachers use it to set homework based on the work covered in class and expect pupils to log on and complete this homework, in a timely manner. In addition, pupils can play 'Live Mathletics' to work on the speed of their mental calculations.
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In addition, there are many other websites/apps which are great for consolidating learning in maths (click on the images to access the websites).