We aim to teach for deep and secure understanding for all pupils in our school, through a range of tasks which develop children’s skills in line with the aims of the National Curriculum; fluency, reasoning and solving problems. The work is delivered through whole class lessons which are carefully planned to help develop children’s mathematical understanding. Key concepts of number and place value, calculating, fractions, geometry, statistics and space are broken into small steps to ensure all children are able to access the learning. Children are challenged appropriately through rich, deep tasks which encourage them to think deeply, reason mathematically and apply their understanding in a range of contexts.
We believe that all children can achieve in Mathematics and encourage all of our pupils to approach their learning in this subject with a positive mindset. Our positive mindset mascot, the ‘YouCan Toucan’ helps the children to think about and remember our messages of #YesUCan.
Teachers use a range of resources when teaching and try where possible, to introduce new topics with appropriate concrete and visual resources. These enable children to gain a deep understanding of the mathematical concept so that the learning is sustainable over time. This allows children to build new learning upon prior knowledge whilst always striving to consolidate those key skills they have already learned.
In addition to daily Mathematics lessons, the children also receive daily ‘number fluency’ sessions. These sessions provide an opportunity for practising key number and arithmetic skills. The sessions are taught and focused, encouraging children to make connections, see patterns, build their arithmetical fluency and work together to explore mathematical ideas and conjectures.