The person responsible for developing Maths at our school is Miss K. Caldwell
What is our intent?
At Whiston Willis Primary Academy, we believe mathematics should provide the children with opportunities to have an understanding of the fundamental, basic skills that will equip them for future life both mathematically and through any problems that they may face. Through reasoning and problem solving, mathematics helps develop the mind’s meta-cognitive skills. Underpinning our teaching and learning of mathematics, we encourage children to take ownership of their individual learning and to identify areas for development.
We believe mathematics should be a subject that fills the children with inquisition to solve problems without a fear of failure, thus the focus of our teaching and learning pedagogy being on teaching a range methods and strategies to allow children to decide which is best for them, in order to reach their end goal.
Mathematics must be built on each year and so, throughout school, children will be following the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract way of learning, allowing them to be exposed to concepts in a hands on, practical approach initially. They will then progress onto pictorial representations before completing abstract calculations. This approach enables children to build a solid understanding of mathematical concepts and not just the secretarial process of completing a calculation – this is pivotal to allowing fluidity of new learning and to make mathematical links across learning.
How do we achieve this? Here at Whiston Willis, we strongly believe that our curriculum should reflect the mastery approach, researched and developed with the support of the NCETM Mastery Hub. Mastery is approach to mathematics that incorporates 5 main ideas: variation, representation and structure, fluency, mathematical thinking and coherence. By displaying mathematical ideas with these 5 principals at the heart of the delivery, we know all children can make good progress and show a good understanding of Mathematics. To achieve this vision, we use the White Rose Hub scheme of learning in our Early Years Foundation Stage, and move to the Maths! No Problem series from year 1 to year 6. Ready to Progress Criteria To ensure children have a solid understanding of the fundamental mathematical skills, the DfE, in collaboration with the NCETM, have published a document outlining the key areas of the National Curriculum that children require in order to progress to the following year. Our Maths! No Problem scheme of learning addresses these objectives well. Additionally, within Key Stage 2, children begin their school day completing Early Bird Maths Sessions, in which they complete calculations linked to these objectives. In Key Stage 1, our staff have recently enrolled onto the NCETM Mastering Number development course and address these objectives daily, during fluency sessions.
What MNP say:
The Primary Series is recommended by the DFE for schools on the Teaching for Mastery Programme and is fully aligned with 2014 National Curriculum. MNP textbooks and workbooks are designed using decades of research to ensure a deep, secure understanding of maths in learners of every attainment level.
Based on the above information, we made the decision to use MNP due to the constant revisiting of key objectives and small steps taken to ensure the overwhelming majority of children can progress together. Additionally, it allows us to deliver Mathematics in a way that all children can understand the principles behind maths processes, allowing children to solve mathematical problems in a variety of ways.
Whilst small steps are key, and repetition of skills are imperative to MNP, each day the depth of understanding and skill required increases slightly. We decided, for our children, this enables children to not only build up mathematical knowledge and understanding, but allows them to do so in a way in which their confidence is increased.
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