We believe mathematics equips our pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand the World around them. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is integral to all aspects of life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive mindset and an enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
We believe that ability within mathematics is not fixed and through quality first class teaching and intelligent practice, all children that learn together as a whole group, and, when possible, are provided with immediate intervention with Teaching Assistants, have the potential to go deeper and broaden their understanding of mathematical concepts. As part of mathematical mastery, children have opportunities to build competency by adopting the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach.
At Sedbergh Primary School, we teach mathematics every day from EYFS to Year 6. The Early Years Foundation Stage is guided by the requirements and recommendations set out in the Early Learning Goals (Number, Shape, Space and Measures and the Development Matters in the EYFS (2012). Alongside Development Matters, the teachers also use the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning. Children in EYFS children have many mathematical experiences that involve learning through playing and exploring, active involvement, creating and thinking critically.
For Years 1 to 6, we are guided by the National Curriculum and predominantly follow the White Rose Maths schemes of learning and assessments to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning mathematics. Teachers also seek to use other resources that complement the delivery of the Mathematics curriculum such as Classroom Secrets, NRich and NCETM. Pupils also have access to Mathletics and Times Tables Rockstars to help with their mathematical learning. Lessons can be very practical to engage and accommodate differing learning styles and teachers strive to make mathematical links within our Science and Non-foundation topics. The White Rose Maths overview has number and place value at the heart, where a large proportion of teaching time is spent reinforcing number to build competency, but also attention is given to measurement, geometry and statistics.
Year 2 and Year 6 are assessed at the end of the Key Stage 1 and 2 respectively. In addition, Year 4 children are now required to complete a Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) to determine whether they can recall their times tables fluently.
Re-starting in 2020, children in Year 5 and Year 6 will have an opportunity to enter the annual Primary Maths Challenge. Also, we run after-school Maths clubs in the Lent Term for the Year 6 children, and lunch-time “top-up Maths clubs” in the Summer Term for the Year 2 children. Plans are in progress to reinstate the weekly Maths club with Settlebeck High School to challenge our pupils to become even more accomplished mathematicians.