We organise mathematical learning over the course of the year into two cycles. In the first cycle we cover most of the curriculum, leaving a few areas of learning for the second cycle when we also revisit objectives that proved challenging earlier in the year and extend, broaden and deepen understanding. We group aspects of learning into five projects, each presented to pupils as a spider diagram that is used help pupils make connections and understand how learning fits together. Pupils also use the diagram to record their progress through the unit of work.
The Daily Maths Lesson
Our maths curriculum is organised in such a way that the daily maths session usually covers three main aspects of maths:
- Times tables (approx. 5 minutes)
- Calculation methods (approx. 15 minutes)
- The main focus (e.g. algebra, shape, measurement, etc)
We have a consistent approach to the use of written calculation methods which is designed to give children accurate and efficient methods with which to tackle more complex problems. A display of age appropriate calculation methods is available in every classroom and is available to parents as a Calculation Policy.
Mental Maths and Target Sheets
Good knowledge of some key number facts and the ability to access this information quickly makes a huge difference to pupils' ability to tackle more challenging problems. We use mental maths knowledge in every lesson and also set maths targets to work on with a follow up assessment every couple of weeks. Each pupil has a maths target sheet, linked to their current level of learning, in their home-school link book. Additional copies of the maths target sheets are available to download/print by clicking on the links below.
Problem solving and reasoning is at the heart of mathematical learning. We build problem solving into lessons whenever possible, though the way we present a task or question, in real life situations and through traditional word problems. We always encourage pupils to view problems as a puzzle and a project that they are 'working on' rather than stuck with. Pupils are able to access a display of problem solving strategies in every classroom.