Here at The Mount, we believe that our maths curriculum will create enthusiastic and articulate mathematicians. Through a varied and inspiring curriculum, we aim to develop the children’s problem solving, resilience and reasoning skills – not only are these part of our school values but skills that are easily transferrable across the curriculum.
As a school, we believe that fluency is key. Children need to have a secure understanding of basic principles in order to deepen their knowledge of the maths curriculum further. Through our rigorously planned curriculum, children are encouraged to challenge themselves through the use of critical thinking and efficient and effective approaches to problems which they may face. In maths lessons, children are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of mathematics and how it relates to the world around them.
Children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss these misconceptions with their peers and staff alike. Here at The Mount, we place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work and class discussions. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. Once a child can articulate their understanding of a concept, can they truly begin to make connections within their learning.
Maths is taught on a daily basis. We follow the teaching sequence outlined by the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning. This ensures that a coherent, consistent approach is adopted in all year groups. These provide teachers with notes and guidance on how to enhance their teaching of the subject along with key vocabulary, questions and discussion and teaching points. The White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning reflect the content of the Foundation Stage Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum for Maths. Alongside the SOL, we use a range of rich resources to enhance our lessons and deepen understanding. Resources range from the Ready to Progress guidance and supporting NCETM materials to websites such as NRich, Classroom Secrets and Deepening Understanding .
The curriculum is broken down into small manageable steps in order to ensure that each lesson has a clear focus and helps children understand concepts by following a carefully planned sequence of lessons. To ensure children know more and remember more, all maths lessons begin with a brief, daily review of prior knowledge and offer the time to introduce new subject specific vocabulary. Within each lesson, children have the opportunity to acquire, practice, apply and deepen their knowledge and skills as appropriate. Pupils who understand concepts quickly are challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated problems to deepen their understanding. Concepts are revisited over time so that children can reinforce them and embed them into their long- term memory. Teachers have the flexibility to spend longer on specific skills or concepts if they feel it is necessary.
When introduced to a new concept, children have the opportunity to follow the concrete – pictorial - abstract approach. Concrete objects and manipulatives help them understand what they are doing. Alongside these, children use pictorial representations that can be used to help reason and solve problems. Concrete and pictorial representations then help support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
All children are included in whole class lessons and teachers provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. Children who don’t make expected progress are identified and intervention programmes are put in place to support these children. This includes same day intervention that enables children to access the learning planned for the following lesson. For those children working outside of the year group curriculum, individual learning activities are provided to ensure their progress.
Please follow this link to see the Maths Progression Document: https://wrm-13b48.kxcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/National-Curriculum-Progression-Primary.pdf
Mathematics Curriculum Impact
Children at The Mount School understand and value the importance of Mathematics, this is evident through pupil voice and monitoring which regularly takes place by the curriculum leader.
“Maths is really cool. I love learning how numbers work.” I use maths all of the time outside school like in the shops and when I tell the time.” Isobel
“I love maths!. I love challenge. I like it when it’s hard. I especially love problem solving.” Travis
“Learning your tables is really important. I love Times Table Rockstars… I am now a Rockstar!! I use it at home and listen to songs. My favourite song is the 8 times table song. It’s really fun.” Jayden
“Maths is my favourite subject. I like all parts of maths including creative maths. I’m getting better at symmetry. I love translation – that is much easier.” Jacob
Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term and children’s progress and attainment is discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Attainment and outcomes in mathematics have a prominent focus throughout our school.
Times tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps form the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with number. At The Mount School we will endeavour to provide our pupils with a range of strategies to deepen their understanding of number facts and help them to make connections in all areas of maths with confidence. Learning times tables is a seen as a non-negotiable and an entitlement of all pupils.
Each class focus on one times table each half term…with opportunities built in to also practise those learnt previously.
Times Table Rock Stars
Out of school, children are encouraged to consolidate their learning by using the Times Table Rockstars and Numbots websites.
Times Table Stars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/
Remember…to login to TTRS:
Type 'Mount J' and our school will appear as the first option.
Remember, it uses the same username and password as Bug Club.
Supporting your child at home
Helping your child at home with maths
One of the most common questions we are asked at Parents' Evening is:
'How can I help my child with their maths at home?' Many of you seem to be worried that you will teach your children the 'wrong' way of calculating because the strategies we use today are in many cases different and slightly alien to those that many of you were taught at school. Therefore, we will be giving examples of our calculation methods on this page along with useful websites to help make learning maths at home fun and stress free.
Based on extensive research, we have two top tips for you all; these, we can't guarantee will make your child an amazing mathematician, but we can say will provide them with a platform to success.
Top Tip 1: Tell your children they are good at maths.
Top Tip 2: Pretend you love maths (even if you hated maths at school yourself!)
Calculation Methods: https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Calculation-Policies.zip
White Rose Maths have created some useful parent videos explaining how maths is taught now. They can be found at https://whiterosemaths.com/for-parents/maths-with-michael/
Below are a few ideas of how to engage your child in maths at home and how to support them on their mathematical journey:
- Allow children to take part in baking, including measuring with a discussion of weights, measures and scales.
- Measure your child’s and their sibling’s height on a chart. They can see how they are growing and it would be a lovely keepsake.
- Have a clock face in your house and discuss the time with your child e.g. when the minute hand gets to 12 and the hour hand is at 5 it is 5 o’clock, this is dinner time etc. They can also be given time limit games to understand how long a given time is.
- Play board games, battleships, card games, dominoes etc. so children are counting and seeing numbers regularly.
- Encourage your child to use apps suggested by school such as Times Table Rockstars.
- Allow your child to see money and give them the opportunity to ‘buy things’ either in a make believe shop in your home or in a real life situation.
- Going up the stairs – counting in 1’s, 2’s 3’s etc. according to their year groups expectations.
- Playing with Lego/Duplo to create structures or junk modelling and talking about the shapes used.
- Creating art work, talking about the different shapes, colour and patterns. Could they make a symmetrical pattern?
- Shopping – children to work out how much something will cost, how much change they will get etc. They could also discuss the items bought, which is the heaviest, lightest etc.
These sites are particularly useful during periods of self- isolation!
White Rose Lessons: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
Oak Academy Maths:
White Rose Maths is excited to have produced a range of work booklets for parents and children to use over the summer or during next year. These booklets can be found on Amazon for the Kindle or downloaded below. There is one booklet for each of our blocks for Y1 to Y6.