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Concord Junior School

Maths

A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Mathematics is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an ability to solve number problems in a variety of ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Mathematics gives children a way of coming to terms with their environment. Practical tasks and real-life problems can be approached from a mathematical point of view. Mathematics provides children with imaginative areas of exploration and study and gives them the materials upon which to exercise their mathematical skills. These skills are a necessary tool of everyday life. Mathematics should help children to develop an appreciation of, and enjoyment in, the subject itself; as well as a realisation of its role in other curriculum areas.

Intent

Our intent is to develop lively, enquiring minds encouraging pupils to become self-motivated, confident and capable in order to solve problems that will become an integral part of their future.

The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
  • can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Outcomes

 In Mathematics education at Concord Junior School, our intent is to sustain and develop in all children:

  • confidence, understanding and enjoyment in mathematics
  • awareness of relationship and pattern, and how these can bring about a clearer understanding of a situation
  • an appreciation of mathematics as a means of communication through which they can analyse information and ideas.
  • the ability to work systematically where the task requires a careful accurate approach, as well as the ability to show imagination, initiative and flexibility when appropriate.
  • independence of thought and action as well as the ability to cooperate within a group.
  • problem solving skills and strategies.
  • the ability to use mathematics effectively as a tool in a wide variety of situations
  • sensible use of factual recall, mental and written methods, calculators, micro-technology and other mathematical aids.

Planning

Teachers carefully plan lessons using a combination of the White Rose Scheme of learning and other resources including NCETM, nrich and Power Maths.

Each class has a Maths Working Wall.  The Maths Working Walls allow children to see a variety of strategies, and written methods for calculations, while absorbing the mathematical language used in a particular area of the subject.

 

Cross curricular

Throughout the whole curriculum, opportunities to extend and promote Mathematics should be sought. Within every Science topic, children will also develop their mathematical skills. This will help children appreciate how to work scientifically but also practise discrete mathematical skills. Nevertheless, the prime focus should be on ensuring mathematical progress delivered discretely or otherwise.

Problem Solving

Children are provided with regular opportunities to solve mathematical problems. Teachers carefully plan in opportunities for children to explain their reasoning as well as solving a variety of problems linked to the 4 strands of problem solving:

  • Logic problems
  • Finding all possibilities
  • Trial and Improvement
  • Spotting Patterns

Basic Skills

Children are provided with opportunities to practise and develop their basic skills daily in Maths.  The content may:

  • recap previous skills taught in order to keep them sharp
  • practise or introduce pre-requisite skills required in order to achieve the learning objective in that lesson
  • provide an opportunity to address misconceptions from the previous lesson.

The school has a subscription to TT Rockstars, which every pupil has access to in order to practise key multiplication and division facts.

In Year 6, pupils have access to SATs Companion, which helps teachers to identify gaps in learning and enables then to set differentiated tasks to challenge and support pupils through targeted intervention.

Personalised morning and homework is used to target pupils who require further practise/support with their basic skills.

Speaking and Listening

Teachers plan opportunities for Oracy at regular intervals during maths lessons; children are encouraged to use talk frames when; explaining their thoughts on strategy, reasoning or misconceptions articulately.

 

 

 

                                    Assessment

Teachers mark pupil work daily against a standardised success criteria. Children are also encouraged and provided with ample opportunities to self-assess and reflect on their learning.

Summative Assessment

Progress tests are completed at the end of each term. Gaps are identified in learning and then planned for within the coming sessions.

 Formative Assessment

Teachers use White Rose Pre-assessments in order to assess pupil’s level of understanding within a specific topic or skill. These are then used as a tool to accurately pitch learning for individual pupils.