We teach maths following a mastery approach, which means that we teach maths that enables greater depth and understanding. The foundations of this approach are the belief that all children should work together to become confident mathematicians, who are able to reason and solve problems by applying their knowledge in a range of situations.
All classes have two sessions of maths a day. The session that occurs in the morning, is the lesson for the day. The lesson will focus on a key learning point from the age related expectation of that year group. Then in the afternoon, a Maths MOT (Maths on Track) meeting is held. The MOT will focus on a variety of areas depending on the needs of the class and in some cases individual children. Items that may be covered in the MOTs include: pre-teaching of objectives, spending more time on learning objectives already taught, a focus of practising skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as times table and division fact recalling and a focus on our instant recall facts.
Maths recall facts are a link between home and school learning, and are set out in our homework books for us to practise. Class teachers go through the expectations of these recall facts at least once a half term to ensure all children know what is required. We also use Mathletics for homework and occasionally to support our in class learning.
We encourage a growth mind-set throughout our school, and as such believe that all are able to succeed and be confident mathematicians. Around school and within each class, we have a picture of our ‘Have a go Hawk’ to remind us of our mathematical and general learning belief.
We encourage a growth mind-set throughout our school, and as such believe that all are able to succeed and be confident mathematicians.