How do we teach Maths?
At Westglade, we are passionate about ensuring all our children see themselves as Mathematicians. Our curriculum is designed to both engage and challenge all learners to help them make progress. We are currently developing a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of maths. Maths involves children understanding massive concepts that can be challenging for children to understand. We want our children to know why and how maths works! A mastery maths approach is all about breaking down these concepts into smaller steps. The aim being to understand the big concept, you master the small steps! All children are challenged to master the small step through fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities. Those who show a quick understanding are pushed to think more deeply about their learning.
The maths curriculum
In KS1 and KS2 (Years 1-6) our teachers follow the national curriculum objectives. Maths is taught through 3 main areas; fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
- 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.
- 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.
(National Curriculum, 2014)
To help us achieve these aims we use the 'White Rose' materials as the basis of our planning. These have been designed collectively by teachers across the country to ensure that pitch, pace and challenge is right! You can see a breakdown of each year groups objectives and our long term plan by following the links below:
Maths across the school
Our children (+teachers) really do love maths... here is a flavour of what it looks like in our classrooms.