Maths

At West Felton, we aim to develop pupils’ understanding in Maths through rich and engaging activities. We want to ensure pupils make lasting mathematical connections through using pictures, symbols, mathematical language and practical equipment.

‘Being a successful learner in mathematics involves constructing understanding through exploration, problem solving, discussion and practical experience.’ (Haylock, 2010:3)

We follow the guidance of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure continuity and progression. The National Curriculum states that ‘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.’ (NC, 2014:11) We aim to foster this sense of enjoyment and curiosity in all pupils through the use of high-quality resources, stimulating models and images and exciting investigations which are sometimes linked to other areas of the curriculum so that pupils have opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge to other areas of learning.

The National Curriculum organises Programmes of Study into:

  • Number and Place Value
  • Addition and Subtraction
  • Multiplication and Division
  • Fractions (including decimals and percentages in Upper Key Stage 2)
  • Measures
  • Geometry and
  • Statistics.

In Year 6, pupils will also study

  • Ratio and Proportion, and
  • Algebra.

Our teaching will ensure that pupils make links across these areas to ‘develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems,’ (NC, 2014:11) and that they are
given opportunities to ‘master’ and deepen their understanding to become flexible and confident mathematicians. Within Maths lessons, pupils will have opportunities to:

  • consolidate and reflect on previous learning
  • use and apply their knowledge
  • visualise in different ways
  • discuss their ideas encouraging the use of mathematical language
  • think and reason
  • investigate
  • recall key facts

A teacher’s interaction with pupils throughout these activities gives opportunities to assess which will inform future learning. We also assess pupils using short, informal tests focusing on rapid recall of mental calculation skills and through homework and marking which helps pupils to understand their next steps in making progress. Pupils will be tested at the end of both Key Stage One and Key Stage Two using the National SAT tests and class-based tests and teacher assessments are used in other year groups and recorded termly using on school assessment system.

Click to view the National Curriculum for Mathematics

How do we know pupils have ‘mastered’ what is expected of them within their year group? click here to follow the link to the ‘National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics’ website and scroll down for  examples of activities which demonstrate ‘mastery’ for each year group.

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