At St. Mary’s, we help children to develop a deep understanding of Maths and apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful and practical situations.
At St. Mary’s, we help children to develop a deep understanding of Maths and apply their knowledge and skills in meaningful and practical situations. We are very aware of the importance of problem solving and mathematical reasoning so children are given opportunities to use and apply these skills through a balance of group, paired and independent learning. Concrete resources and mathematical games are often used to make learning practical, fun and memorable. We also provide regular opportunities for children to learn, practise and apply arithmetic skills. Opportunities for speaking and listening activities as well as use of talk partners help to promote tolerance and mutual respect.
There is a focus on learning and using mathematical vocabulary; children are encouraged to make connections to vocabulary used in other subject areas, e.g. ‘symbol’ links to R.E., Science, Geography and Music.
As of next year (2022), Year 3 will continue to follow the White Rose scheme of learning as they have been doing in KS1. This will continue to roll out throughout the years in KS2.
We follow the National Curriculum which is implemented throughout the school using Pearson’s Abacus Active Learn programme, alongside White Rose Maths Hub Maths Mastery and Primary Stars frameworks, which focus on developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, helping to deepen their Mathematical learning and understanding. Teachers work to support and guide the children through the crucial stages of mathematical development and differentiate lesson using a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. Throughout the school, children learn to use technology confidently to support and enhance their mathematics, using programmes such as RM Easimaths and TT Rockstars. There is a big emphasis on the development of arithmetic skills at St. Mary’s. Across KS2, in particular the children have weekly opportunities to test these skills and then have direct teaching to clarify any misconceptions or method errors to ensure progress and further improvement is made.