At Vicarage, our maths curriculum aims to prepare enthusiastic, life-long learners of Mathematics. We provide our children with rich opportunities to problem solve, reason and make links, using contextual examples. We also aim to create cross curricular links by applying our knowledge of Maths in other subject areas, for example: creating graphs and tables in Science, reading coordinates in Geography and calculating periods of time in Physical Education. We want to ensure that our pupils have a solid conceptual understanding of the fundamental of maths, so that they can use these as building blocks to make mathematical sense of the world around them.
Mathematics teaching at our school is based on the principles of Teaching for Mastery. The teaching for mastery principles are embedded within the lessons, representations and questions.
We use the Maths No Problem scheme to deliver our maths curriculum. The Maths No Problem scheme covers the full National Curriculum across years 1 to 6. We train all new members of staff in using the scheme and provide ongoing training and support for existing teachers through CPD, team teaching and lesson visits.
The scheme splits the curriculum into a range of topics throughout the year and the lessons have a fixed structure which is designed to reflect the teaching for mastery pedagogy:
- In Focus: an open anchor task to start the lesson where children explore a variety of methods to solve one problem
- Let’s Learn: the selection of methods are brought together and teaching focuses on the key strategy or learning point for the lesson
- Guided Practice: questions for children to practice the strategy / key learning for the lesson with support from their peers and teacher
- Independent Practice: questions for children to answer independently in their maths books (or workbooks in KS1)
Arithmetic – As well as learning new content, children need to become fluent and efficient in their arithmetic skills. There is daily arithmetic practice built into maths lessons, the content of which has been carefully mapped to reflect the learning from the previous year that should then become automatic.
We use Times Tables Rock Star which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily time’s table practice in KS2, to boosts times table recall.
Our teaching and learning of mathematics extends beyond the classroom: we provide interventions and boosters for children who struggle in maths; we also offer maths club for pupils who like to explore all aspects of maths, in a creative way; and we take part in interschool maths bees where our pupils compete against peers from neighbouring schools. Times Table Challenge is something the children at Vicarage love. Pupils are tested regularly and are rewarded bronze, silver, gold, platinum or diamond badges. To build on pupil’s motivational attitudes towards mathematics we take part in Maths Bee, Number Day and World Maths Day.
Mathletics – Your children have logins to access this webpage
https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z826n39 – Useful videos on teaching calculation strategies to your child.
https://www.sats-papers.co.uk/ – Past KS1 And KS2 SATS paper
For Mastery help:
Please note some of these webpages need you to sign up. However the resources are free to access.