During the first half term in September, the whole school has an intense focus on learning number bonds and times tables, as these are fundamental skills pupils need for mathematical fluency. We continue to work on these skills throughout the year and encourage children and their parents and carers to work on these essential skills at home.
As a school, we believe that all children, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach:
Concrete – pupils should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – pupils should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid, pupils should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
We follow the ‘White Rose Maths Hub’ Schemes of Learning across the school.
A significant amount of time is devoted to developing key number concepts each year. This is to build their fluency as number sense will affect their success in other areas of mathematics. Students who are successful with number are much more confident mathematicians. These schemes of learning help us to focus on a ‘teaching for mastery approach’ and to aim to help every child develop an ability to enjoy and succeed at maths.