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Mathematics

'Mathematics provides a way of viewing and making sense of the world.  It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems'.

 From: 'Curriculum Guidance' published by the DfEE.

Mathematics is an essential part of everyday life.  Our aim is to develop in children a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and enjoyable subject in its own right and across the curriculum as well as becoming fluent in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.

We aim to enable children to:

  • Develop positive attitudes towards mathematics to raise children’s confidence.
  • Become fluent in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • Communicate learning; solve problems, reason, think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • Show initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.
  • To build resilience and respond to challenges by applying key skills already learnt.
  • Use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations.
  • Show an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
  • Improve children’s mental recall of number facts.
  • Improve children’s skills in mental calculations by ensuring that they have a repertoire of strategies to draw upon.

Aims of the National Curriculum

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

 * become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

* reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

 * can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

By following the National Curriculum programmes of study the children are given a broad, balanced curriculum of Mathematics covering place value, calculations, fractions, geometry and measures. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving is part of all lessons where children work collaboratively to discuss, solve problems and develop reasoning skills.

Long and medium term planning

Throughout the school, we teach using the White Rose Maths schemes of learning. The White Rose Hub long term and medium term planning offers support and continuity throughout the school, helping teachers to deliver a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics.

The aim of mathematics lessons are to teach learning objectives which have been broken down into small steps. This will ensure children deepen their knowledge and understanding of core concepts.  Using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach as an integral part of the learning process will enable children to master concepts. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving is part of every lesson. Teachers use the White Rose Hub examples and Maths No problem teacher guides to support teaching and learning.

Mathematics is fundamentally a practical subject and therefore in Key Stage 1 we develop the children's knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion.  In Key Stage 2 the children are taught to use the number system with more confidence.  They are shown how to tackle problems with mental methods first and by the end of the key stage are calculating fluently with all the four number operations, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using a wide range of strategies.

SMIRFs

We have adopted a whole school approach to learning mental maths recall facts. This is a North Yorkshire approach used by many schools called SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts) The context of the new scheme is a ‘space mission’ and children will be given a starting point/planet from which they will continue their quest as they move year groups through school. They will be given opportunities in school in practise their SMIRF targets and teachers will regulalry assess individual progress within class.

The partnership between home and school is greatly valued in mathematics. To reinforce the learning at school the children will be asked to practise their SMIRF targets and will bring home a target sheet showing the targets they are working on. When appropriate children will take home challenges or additional tasks to complete. Children are expected to know by heart their times tables up to 12 x 12 by the end of Year 4.

To share children's achievements in learning these key recall facts, certificates will be given out in assembly once children are able to instantly recall each fact within a planet. At Starbeck we aim to developing children's confidence and enjoyment in learning these facts.

Mathematics Home work

Learning and practising SMIRFs is our main focus for home learning. Learning such facts can be fun and practical and does not always require children to write down facts or calculations. For example you could play games, challenge each other to recall them quickly, counting as you go for a walk, beat the timer and much more. The more opportunities children are given to practise these facts the deeper they will become embedded. Class teachers may give children particular activities to complete linked to the SMIRF they are working on. Other pieces of maths home work may also we be sent home to complete. Please support your child by encouraging them to complete their home work and giving them the guidance/help they may need.