Mathematics

Vision

At Walton le Dale, our Mathematics Mastery curriculum has been developed to enable every child to achieve excellence in maths. Our aim is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians; who understand that maths is a fundamental part of everyday life and the world we live in. Our children will thrive on conquering the challenges and puzzles that maths will bring and not be afraid to ‘have a go’.

We aim that all children:

 

 

 

Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.

Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.

Curriculum

At Walton le Dale, we believe that mathematics is an important life skill.

Mathematics is planned and delivered within the framework of the 2014 National Curriculum, Power Maths programme for all year groups and the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, together with our school policies for teaching and learning, assessment, special needs and equal opportunities.

Support

Pre-Teach & Post-Teach
Through ‘in the moment’ formative assessment, staff identify and support children through immediate intervention when appropriate. If not, those who are at risk of gaps in learning emerging are supported through quality first teaching and, if necessary, 1:1 sessions, in order to maintain the mastery approach of all the class moving through the curriculum together at the same pace. 

Catch Up
Children who are struggling with certain concepts are given opportunities to catch up in small group sessions, matched  to their learning needs.

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Lessons

In our Mathematics lessons we aim for:      
Quality first teaching; tailored to meet the needs of the learners in each class, and immediate intervention to address gaps in learning where necessary.

Resilient learners with Growth Mindsets and a ‘We Can’ attitude to Mathematics, whatever their previous level of attainment.

High-quality questioning and responsive teaching techniques to explore children’s understanding and develop it further.

Use of misconceptions to further understanding of key concepts.

Teachers using a range of methods to explore key Mathematical concepts, employing concrete, pictorial and abstract representations.

Children being given the opportunity, through careful planning, to linger longer on and go deeper in mathematical concepts.

Children learning together.

Number Sense

The importance of fluency is recognised in the National Curriculum and is a key foundation for higher-level maths skills. Maths facts are the answers to simple equations inaddition, subtraction, multiplication and division and are often termed ‘number bonds’ and ‘number facts.’

When children have automatic recall of these number facts, they can quickly retrieve answers from memory without having to work them out. If children are not fluent in these, then when they are solving more complex problems, the working memory is taken up by working out these basic facts, and children have less working memory to focus on solving the actual problem. 

At Walton Le Dale, we focus Maths session begins with a discrete Fast Facts starter where the children learn and practice strategies to enable them to recall number bonds and facts automatically and improve their fluency.

Table Sense & Arithmetic

The importance of fluency is recognised in the National Curriculum and is a key foundation for higher-level maths skills. Maths facts are the answers to simple equations inaddition, subtraction, multiplication and division and are often termed ‘number bonds’ and ‘number facts.’

When children have automatic recall of these number facts, they can quickly retrieve answers from memory without having to work them out. If children are not fluent in these, then when they are solving more complex problems, the working memory is taken up by working out these basic facts, and children have less working memory to focus on solving the actual problem. 

At Walton Le Dale, we focus Maths session begins with a discrete Fast Facts starter where the children learn and practice strategies to enable them to recall number bonds and facts automatically and improve their fluency.

 Next

By the time children leave Year 6, they will be efficient mathematicians who are fluent in arithmetic and confident with written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division. They will have a well-developed understanding of the number system and place value which will enable them to establish connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals and percentages.

When problem solving, children will reason and think mathematically being able to clearly articulate and demonstrate their understanding using correct mathematical vocabulary and notation. They will be able to solve a wide range of problems across all areas of mathematics using both written and mental methods of calculation. Children’s knowledge of geometry will be developed, and they will use the correct terminology when describing the properties of complex shapes.

Our children will enjoy and embrace challenges; they will value mistakes and see them as learning opportunities. They will understand the importance of mathematics in the wider world and their resilience, knowledge and confidence will enable them to positively transition and progress with mathematics in KS3.

Mathematics @ wldps

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