The 2014 National Curriculum for maths aims to ensure that all pupils:
* become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
* reason mathematically
* can solve problems by applying their mathematics
Here at All Saints' we work towards these aims in our daily maths lessons.
We aim to give our children the confidence to achieve mathematically, consequently enhancing their chances of success in later life. Children are encouraged to develop independence and show the skills of perseverance and resilience in daily lessons.
Staff work to foster a life-long love of maths through rich, purposeful mathematical experiences. We aim to create a whole school positive ethos towards mathematics, enabling all children to achieve in the subject.
Our teachers work with a structured lesson format which encourages sequenced learning, coherently planned, building upon prior learning.
Teachers make use of a range of sources to guide teaching and learning, adapting ideas to meet the needs of their class and specific groups within their class.
We have developed our own All Saints' maths curriculum, to help meet the specific needs for pupils in our school, along with various progression documents to support teaching staff in working through the curriculum, meeting pupils needs in a consistent manner across school.
All children are challenged and experience an element of 'struggle' within their maths lessons.
Children are taken out of their 'comfort zone' within lessons and guided through learning experiences, hopefully losing any feeling of 'fear' towards the subject.
We are continuously working to improve our teaching techniques and approaches. Teaching time is taken as an opportunity for high quality teacher talk and guided learning where children are encouraged to verbalise their thought processes and a simple answer is challenged with 'How do you know?' and 'Explain what makes you think that?'
Learning objectives are shared with children at a natural point within a lesson, to best support the learning.
Times tables and the recall of number facts are given a high priority throughout school. Regular teaching time towards the learning and reciting of these facts is balanced with opportunities for children to challenge their achievements through the use or 'Times Table Rockstar', speed checks and Fluency in Five. Daily. 'Rapid Reasoning' time allows for children within Key Stage 2 to develop their reasoning skills, regardless of the level at which they are working.
In Key Stage 2, 'Fluent in Five' or 'Rapid Reasoning' session takes place in addition to the daily maths lesson. Both year 1 classes take part in an outdoor maths lesson each week.
All our children are given every opportunity to become confident and capable mathematicians, not adverse to challenge. They build up a range of strategies and approaches towards maths as they progress through school, which prepare them for further education and future life. Children see a real reason for maths being such a focal point in their education.
Children leave All Saints' with, at least, the basic knowledge and skills required to successfully progress through High School.
Our enthusiasm and approach leads to engaging, varied and relevant maths experiences for children here at All Saints'.