At Heather Garth Primary Academy, we aim to provide a Mathematics curriculum where all children make progress. The children are encouraged to think for themselves and acquire lifelong skills, which will prepare them for life in a modern society.
National Curriculum (2014) for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. This combined with the school’s Calculation Policy, Non Negotiable and the DFE Ready to Progress criteria ensures continuity and progression and high expectations for the attainment in mathematics.
At Heather Garth Primary Academy, we believe that Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards the subject that will stay with them. It is vital that a positive attitude towards maths is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement as it is a skill that is essential in our society.
We offer a Mastery curriculum for all children. Mastery means a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of a subject. Among the by-products of developing mastery, and to a degree part of the process, are a number of elements:
- fluency (rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts)
- a growing confidence to reason
- the ability to apply knowledge to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses.
Mastery of maths, which is built gradually as a child goes through school, is a tool for life, and is underpinned by a fundamental and unbending belief held by our staff that all children are capable of achieving
We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics and will overcome barriers to learning through interventions to ensure progress for all. We also ensure that ability does not put a ceiling on learning and that pupils are allowed to access challenging concepts to deepen their learning and understanding. Those who are more able are challenged and supported through being offered tasks, providing opportunities for greater depth.
Each class teacher is responsible for the mathematics in their class in consultation and with guidance from the mathematics subject leader. Teachers at Heather Garth Primary Academy use a variety of resources such as the White Rose Maths Hub as a base for their weekly maths planning. This planning covers all National Curriculum statutory and non-statuary objectives and ensures the full coverage of all objectives across the academic year. Teachers at Heather Garth Primary Academy adapt and personalise these weekly plans into daily lesson plans to ensure the learning needs of their class and individuals are met. Applying the skills taught and developing deeper thinking for all children is at the core of mathematics at Heather Garth Primary Academy. The use of Daily Practice sessions and Maths Meetings in class provide the children with the opportunity to consolidate and reinforce their learning so that knowledge is not lost over time.
Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach adopted by Heather Garth incorporates: concrete, pictorial and abstract. All of these help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Non negotiables have been devised for each year group which are the key elements ‘number facts’ of maths that are crucial for children’s mathematical learning and progression. These ensure that the children are ready for the next stage of their mathematical journey. Pre and post teach learning is integral to the learning cycle and children are given timely support especially in the non-negotiable areas. The school hasbegun to incorprate June 2020 Ready to Progress Criteria that identifies the most important conceptual knowledge and understanding that pupils need as they progress from year 1 to year 6.
The knowledge and recall of multiplication facts are fundamental in many areas of maths. A focused approach to the teaching and learning of tables has been introduced in school. To support the children with their multiplication practice we use ‘Times Table Rockstars’ as an online and fun learning platform which also offer resources to be used in the classroom.
In Early Years, children are provided with creative and engaging ways to explore and investigate their learning in a stimulating indoor and outdoor environment. Children are immersed into the curriculum; encouraging children to problem solve, experiment, be active and creative while engaging in different themed learning experiences. Children take part in a daily maths meeting which introduces new mathematical concepts and vocabulary and gives children the opportunity to explain and embed the maths they are learning about.