A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Barlow, the main drive is to provide children with real life, practical opportunities to enable children to develop and consolidate their understanding of the mathematical world around them. With the obvious starting point being place value to ensure children have a secure understanding of ‘number’, children work hard on this which, in turn, enables them to establish secure understanding of the four main calculation strategies: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Every day children are given opportunities to explore mathematical situations, ‘Maths Eyes’ pictures are used to help develop children’s mathematical language and sessions offer opportunities to consolidate key instant recall facts.
Work in books is marked following the whole school Marking Policy, clearly identifying opportunities for children to either consolidate learning or extend a child’s thinking further. As the school moves forward, the aim is to enable an increasing amount of children to evidence their ability to work at greater depth. They are encouraged to discuss the thinking behind the strategies applied and offer more complex problem situations.
Planning and Coverage
We follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics and teach a daily mathematics lessons. We 'teach for mastery' whereby essentially the expectation is that all pupils will gain a deep understanding of the maths they are learning. For understanding in Maths to be secure, learning needs to be built on solid foundations. A mastery approach to the curriculum means pupils spend longer on the key mathematical concepts whilst working at greater depth. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention and those children who grasp the concepts more quickly are given opportunities to deepen their knowledge and improve their reasoning skills rather than accelerating on to new curriculum content. Problem solving is central and opportunities are given for pupils to calculate with confidence, ensuring an understanding of why it works so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat procedures.
Teachers plan lessons in accordance with the National Curriculum document. They use their own ideas and resources along with a variety of planning tools including: NRICH resources, White Rose Maths Hub and the NCETM planning.
Innovative teaching means that lessons vary in format. The aim of each lesson is to ensure rigorous coverage, engaging and meaningful learning opportunities that are differentiated to ensure every child accesses the learning they need to keep making good and outstanding progress. Mathematics lessons aim to be enjoyable through the use of practical activities which enable all children to participate in activities. Maths is also linked to real life contexts so that children can see maths is all around them.
Pupils have access to Times Tables Rock Stars in school and at home to help consolidate their knowledge of tables. The link to this is available under Home Learning.