We aim to make maths teaching and learning:
- Fun and engaging – a subject that children talk about with excitement!
- Captivating and stimulating – with opportunities for playing games, solving puzzles and challenges.
- Challenging and motivating for all – with the children desperate to solve problems, investigate and discover.
- Purposeful and linked to real-life problems and events.
- Interactive – with lots of independent thinking and discussion of ideas and strategies.
We achieve this through a weekly cycle that involves engaging in real life problems, learning maths through our challenge system, which gives pupils choice in their learning and engaging in open-ended investigations. We have also built in daily opportunity for short, repetitive learning of key mathematical knowledge.
Our approach is supported by the White Rose scheme of learning which provides a clear progression map for learning, as well as a calculation policy that is structured around a progression from concrete methods, using physical objects, to pictorial, drawn methods and finally abstract approaches. We have also created a progression in the Key Instant Recall Facts we want children to know, when adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. In Years 2-6 we teach these through short daily rote learning sessions. In Reception and Year 1, KIRFS are taught through a process called Maths Meetings.