How we teach Maths at St Mary's
Years 1 to 5 largely follow the White Rose Hub (WRH) plans to deliver the maths curriculum. (The planning overview, and small steps of learning taught in each year, can be found within the curriculum area of this website).
Year 6 teachers ensure that the whole curriculum has been covered to date, and plan accordingly to meet the needs of the children in preparation for the secondary curriculum.
Formative assessment is ongoing and ensures that the lessons planned are appropriate to teach the next steps in learning. Teachers are skilled in assessing progress through the lesson by means of observation and questioning and by viewing independent work.
Interim assessments check if the children have understood a unit of teaching. This can be through the assessment of specific targets.
Summative assessments are carried out termly to check how much content has been understood and where the gaps are for individuals. The results are analysed to track the progress of individuals, or groups over time. This allows the school to implement interventions for individuals or groups. Year 3, 4 and 5 sit NFER papers, Year 2 and Year 6 sit past SATs papers and Year 1 use WRH assessments.
Teachers use a mastery approach to deliver the mathematics curriculum. This means that most children are taught in same year classes regardless of ability. Teachers use questioning techniques and a variety of problem-solving activities to deepen understanding. Practical equipment, such as Dienes, Place Value counters & Cuisenaire are used to demonstrate concepts and support visual learners.
Drawing models such as bar models, whole Part/ part models, number lines and Place Value Charts, also help to reinforce understanding. Differentiation to match all abilities is achieved through the amount of support given, the equipment used, and the variety of questions and challenges given.
Every child is given access to “Mathletics” which is an on-line learning tool. Teachers set work to be completed by a given date.
Every child is given access to “TT Rock Stars” which is a website allowing children to practise their multiplication tables through a competitive element.
Paper homework is given weekly.
Any questions about the maths curriculum can be e-mailed to the subject leader via the school office or an appointment can be offered upon request.Subject Leader is Mrs Townsend.