At St Ann’s Primary School we are currently on a journey to introduce and embed the Mastery approach in mathematics, linking fluency, problem solving and reasoning so that children develop a deep understanding of concepts. Key to this approach is a belief that all children can learn maths. See ‘The Essence of Mastery’ document for more details.
As a school we are embedding the teaching for mastery ‘5 big ideas’ (NCETM) into our everyday practice (https://www.ncetm.org.uk/teaching-for-mastery/mastery-explained/five-big-ideas-in-teaching-for-mastery/ ). By carefully considering the representations and manipulatives we use to help expose mathematical structures, maths is made accessible for all children. This, teamed with carefully planned coherent small steps through mathematical concepts, helps children deepen their understanding of mathematics. We have a clear and coherent development of calculation skills linked to practical resources in our calculation policy.
This calculation policy is currently being updated to reflect the CPA approach and the methods we are using in school. Here is an example of the new LKS2 addition and subtraction calculation and progression document
As with all learning in our school, language sits at the heart of maths, with teachers encouraging children to use full sentences, providing scaffolds for this and teaching specific mathematical vocabulary.
The children are taught to be fluent in facts to help lessen the cognitive load when problem solving and reasoning and these facts are frequently practiced. As part of our drive towards remembered facts, we have developed a coherent plan of mental maths skills which need to be taught at each year group.
These documents are currently being updated to be meet the criteria specified in the new Government Guidance for the Teaching of Mathematics in KS1 and KS2 documentation (2020) and will form part of our new calculation policies.
We have also adopted Times Tables Rock Stars, and have regular ‘battles’ between classes and year groups. Children love to challenge each other at school and at home, taking part in ‘Gigs’ and developing their Rock Star character. We have also started using Numbots (on the same website as above) with younger children to develop automatic recall of simple number facts. These can then be used to solve more complex problems. Children love building up the parts of their own robots by answering increasingly challenging questions.
Our school is currently working to ‘recover’ the mathematics curriculum following the recent lockdown and the disruption to learning that Coronavirus Pandemic has caused and we are following guidance from the NCETM to ‘prioritise the curriculum’.
Each year group has looked carefully at the Ready to Progress criteria statements and the children’s attainment against these and they have planned to teach the statements that the children still need to work towards. By securing understanding of these key concepts, children will have a better chance of achieving well in subsequent years.
In addition to this, we have trained staff in several EEC interventions and these staff members are delivering these interventions to children identified as falling behind the year group expectations. In school, we also have year groups targeting maths through 1:1 and 1:2 tuition in KS2.
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