Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject (DFE-00180-2013)
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Mathematics is vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason and solve problems in a range of contexts. Our intent at Ashton St Peter’s is that children “can do” maths and we want every child to experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different concepts. This is enhanced by providing pupils with a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
The National Curriculum is delivered through the use of White Rose which is a whole class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help children develop confidence in maths.
How are lessons taught?
The vision is that each lesson demonstrates the following features:
Planning will be supported by the use of White Rose Maths and various other resources deemed to be appropriate for the teaching and learning of a particular strand or topic such as HfL and Classroom Secrets. Where appropriate, Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract methods (CPA approach) will be used to enhance teaching and learning. This will help children deepen their understanding of the concepts being taught and enhance their learning experience. In EYFS, Power Maths is used to spark curiosity and excitement and nurture confidence. Children grow a growth mindset and develop an early love of maths in preparation for year 1 and beyond.
Formative assessment involving questioning, in the moment marking, observation, challenge and questioning will be used in every lesson. Teachers use developmental marking to further challenge/consolidate learning. Teachers have access to Puma for summative End of Term assessments. These tests give standardized scores and identify gaps in teaching and learning. Year 6 undertake previous years’ SATS papers for the same purpose.
Maths will be monitored via ‘Book Looks’ and feedback, learning walks and observations, pupil voice and pupil progress meetings where progress and attainment will be discussed and next steps put into place.
Coaching, Mentoring, team-teaching and peer observations and training courses.
Results show that, despite lockdown effects, 87% of children achieved AT+ by the end of KS2 and 73% of children achieved AT+ by the end of KS1 in Summer 2021.