At St Stephen’s Junior School, year groups follow the White Rose schemes of work, adopting a mastery approach to Mathematics with the belief that everyone can do Maths! Children are taught together as a whole class with the focus being on breadth and depth – not speed and acceleration. The three main aims of the National Curriculum are for all children to be fluent, to reason and to problem solve; therefore expect to see an element of fluency and reasoning/problem solving in every lesson with regular opportunities for ‘Maths Talk’. Teachers will also use the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to ensure children develop secure conceptual understanding.
We recognise the importance of Times Tables and how they are fundamental to mathematical fluency. Therefore, we use Times Tables Rockstars throughout the school to engage children with this aspect of Maths.
As we teach concepts in blocks, we use starters at the beginning of each Maths lesson to revise the previous years content for concepts that will arise later on in the year or alternatively, we revise concepts already taught. Here is a Year 3 example:
We have used the National Curriculum to map out different concepts for each year as well as providing examples of opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. Here is an example from our policy progression table:
We do not label our children. We have high expectations of all children and strongly believe that all children are equally able in Maths. Some may take longer to grasp concepts and may need careful scaffolding or extra time/support.
The teaching of the Maths curriculum will be assessed throughout the progression of lessons, ensuring that knowledge and skills are built on and readdressed as needed. The children will complete 3 NFER summative assessments, which will allow teachers to identify gaps in learning and adapt planning accordingly to meet the needs of the class.
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