At St Nic’s, all children take part in a daily maths lesson. As a school, we have adopted a Mastery Approach, supported by the use of the White Rose Maths scheme and our work with the Maths Hub. This means that all of the children within a year group work on the same topic at the same time. We want all of our children to have the same opportunities in their maths learning, so we make use of time outside of maths lessons to work with children who need additional help, to keep up with the rest of the class. Therefore, we work to ensure these children do not end up with gaps because the rest of the class have moved ahead of them.
The theory is that children have the chance to deepen their learning, rather than racing ahead.
The children have regular opportunities to practice their basic maths skills and revisit topics they have previously covered as we believe this will help them to secure their knowledge.
We have subscriptions to TimesTables Rock Stars to support with this. The children are able to access these programs from home and this is a huge support for the children when preparing for the multiplication check in Year 4.
Our Maths Curriculum
At the heart of our maths curriculum is the aim that all our children become curious, confident and flexible mathematicians.
The following statements indicate how we intend to do this:
- To adapt the mastery approach to suit the needs of our children by including frequent revisiting of previous topics
- To deliver lessons using ‘small steps’ informed by the WhiteRose maths planning documents
- To use flexible lesson structures to ensure each year group covers the requirements of the National Curriculum by the end of the phase
- To use a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to support children’s learning as appropriate for their stage and understanding
- To ensure frequent reasoning and problem-solving opportunities within a unit of work
- To encourage independence and resilience through explicit teaching of problem-solving strategies
- To develop and maintain fluency with core methods and facts through frequent fluency sessions
- To narrow the attainment gap through pre-teaching and ‘same day catch up’ sessions
- To provide opportunities for parents to develop their understanding of how they can support their child’s mathematical learning outside of school
- To use both formal and informal assessment strategies to monitor children’s mastery of core ideas
- To make the most of natural topic links to provide a meaningful context for applying mathematical knowledge and understanding
Maths toolkit for parents and carers
In this section, you will find lots of useful information about how teach mathematics at St Nics.