At Whaley Bridge Primary School we believe that mathematics is an essential part of everyday life which underpins much of the world around us. Mathematics is taught on a daily basis but children are also given the opportunity to use and apply their mathematical knowledge and understanding in other curriculum areas, such as science. All children are encouraged, that by working hard in mathematics, they can succeed.
In our teaching of mathematics, we aim to ensure that all children develop the life-long skills, as set out in the National Curriculum, of being able to use mathematics fluently and apply their mathematical knowledge when reasoning and solving problems. Please click on the link below for further information on Mathematics in the National Curriculum.
Each year group follows the White Rose scheme of learning for mathematics which focusses on the development of children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills in line with the 2014 National Curriculum.
In addition to the White Rose scheme, we also use materials from sources such as: Nrich, the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics), Testbase, Target Your Maths, Big Maths and Mathletics and to support the teaching and learning of mathematics, each classroom has a Maths Learning Wall and a Maths Facts Wall.
To help secure children’s understanding of the different mathematical concepts, we use the concrete>pictorial>abstract approach which starts off using actual objects to add, subtract, multiply or divide. It then uses pictorial representations such as drawings or diagrams of these objects and ends with the use of the actual numbers and mathematical symbols. Further information detailing this approach can be found in our Progress in Calculations Policy which can be found below.
During this academic year, we are working with one the NCETM’s Primary Mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups which is helping us develop a teaching for mastery approach towards the teaching and learning of mathematics.
A ‘teaching for mastery’ approach ensures the children acquire a deep, secure, long-term and adaptable understanding of the different concepts that will enable them to independently and confidently move on to the next stage of the curriculum sequence.
In 2020, the new multiplication tables check will be introduced for children in Year 4 to ensure they know their times tables up to 12×12 by heart. As well as being critical for everyday life, knowledge of multiplication tables helps children to solve problems quickly and flexibly and allows them to tackle more complex mathematics later on in school. Our day to day teaching places a strong emphasis on the acquisition of this important skill.