At Winterbourne Earls we are committed to delivering a rich, varied and challenging maths curriculum, underpinned by a pedagogy that mathematical understanding should be taught and applied across the curriculum in order to equip children for future life. Maths is essential for everyday life, crucial in Science, Technology, Engineering and for future Financial Literacy. A high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and develop a sense of curiosity and love of Maths.
In line with the National Curriculum Objectives our intent is that all children will:
1. Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
2. Reason mathematically and show courage to follow a line of enquiry, investigate relationships and generalisations and learn how to develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
3. Solve problems and stretch their learning by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increading sophistication, including breaking down problems to a series of smaller, simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Our school follows the mastery approach to teaching Maths using the 5 big ideas that underpin mastery in Mathematics.
The 5 big ideas are: Fluency, Mathematical thinking, Representation and Structure, Variation and Coherence.
Every child is capable of being a successful mathematician. At Winterbourne Earls, we strive to create a supportive learning environment where all children can confidently learn and achieve, independently and collaboratively. Our Maths curriculum aims to develop a curiosity for Maths, enjoy Maths and allow them to enjoy the world around them through mathematical reasoning. We aim to encompass a positive attitude to Maths in order to ensure children can fulfil their full potential in all areas of Maths.
Number Facts and Times Tables
We are developing a strong emphasis on Mental Maths, particularly instant recall of number facts and times tables.
In KS1 we have been part of the Mastering Number program and children use NumBots to practice the number facts. These are celebrated regularly in class. Year 2 also use Mathletics to consolidate their learning from the classroom.
In KS2, Year 3 are using the Wiltshire Times Table program to learn and practice their Times Tables as well as Mad Minute 3 times per week.
In Year 4, children are using Mad Minute daily to improve recall speed and using TImes Table Rock Stars to practice and embed their Times Tables.
In Year 5, children compete in a Times Table Challenge and move on to different levels.
In Year 6, children are practicing Times Tables using a variety of resources in order to maintain recall speed.
Through effective teaching and learning strategies, formative assessment and knowledge of our children, we aim to develop pupil's knowledge through interesting and engaging activities.
The Teaching of Maths:
Maths is taught daily as a Maths lesson in all classes. Maths may also be used in other subjects to provide cross-curricular opportunites to apply maths knowledge practically. For example in Science, DT, Music and PE.
We use White Rose as a structure for our Maths Teaching and Learning Journey but teachers will adapt the resources to the needs of our class and break learning steps into smaller, precise chunks of learning. Teachers in KS1 also use Primary Stars resources to support learning for some units.
We are also dedicated to professional development at Winterbourne Earls to ensure we provide the most effective teaching and learning for pupils. Miss Arrandale is the Maths Subject Leader, responsible for driving successful and sustainable change in the teaching of Maths at Winterbourne Earls. Miss Arrandale has been fortunate enough to be involved in a Teacher Research Group (TRG) led by the Solent Maths Hub (Mobius from Sept 2020) to develop and embed outstanding maths teaching practice throughout the school. Miss Arrandale will continue this professional development this year with Miss Wright joining the course. We are now part of the Sustaining Group of Mastery.
Miss Arrandale has been part of CPD groups such as Times Tables Development, Developing Maths in Year 5-8 TSST group, Cluster Maths Group and
The teaching of fluency
We intend for all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
The teaching of problem solving
We intend for all pupils to 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
The teaching of reasoning
We intend for all pupils to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
Statutory Guidance, National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study, July 2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study
Please follow the links below for further information.
Class Teachers will post class specific updates about Maths Activities on their Seesaw pages.
Celebrating Maths At WBE