Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Newton Bluecoat C of E Primary School to experience the power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding and positive attitudes. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and we teach secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems. We aim for all pupils to:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including unfamiliar contexts and modelling real-life scenarios
reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately in order to be successful in mathematics.
We aim to provide a high quality maths education that provides children with a foundation for understanding number, reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving with resilience so that they are fully prepared for the future. It is essential that these keystones of Mathematics are embedded throughout all strands of the National Curriculum. By adopting a Mastery approach, it is also intended that all children, regardless of their starting point, will maximise their academic achievement and leave Newton Bluecoat Primary School with an appreciation and enthusiasm for Maths, resulting in a lifelong positive relationship with number.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Newton Bluecoat we want all children to be able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject and be able to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We want our children to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation in the National Curriculum is that the majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of children’s’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including, through additional practice, before moving on.
The teaching of Maths at Newton Bluecoat is matched to the needs of our children and the National Curriculum. Teachers from Reception through to Year 6 use the Long Term Schemes of learning published by White Rose Maths to plan effectively, producing lessons incorporating fluency, reasoning and problem solving. The White Rose schemes are complimented with additional resources which reinforce reasoning and problem solving.
The White Rose schemes support ‘Teaching for Mastery’.
Supporting Children at Home
In order to practise skills learnt in the classroom, it is essential that children revisit their learning at home. Children from Year 1 through to Year 6 receive weekly maths homework, which is linked to their current unit of learning in the classroom.
We expect all children at Newton Bluecoat to have a secure grasp of the multiplication tables. We explicitly teach and assess times tables. We recognise that pupils who do not memorise the times tables will find many aspects of maths much more difficult than they need to be. We therefore ask parents/ carers for support in helping their children to learn the multiplication tables. All children from Year 1 through to Year 6 have their own unique username and password for TT Rockstars in order to practice their tables in school or at home.
Key Learning Objectives : Mathematics