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Maths

 Vision statement

The language of mathematics is international. The basic skills of mathematics are vital for the life opportunities of our children. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason and solve problems in a range of contexts.

 

‘Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high quality mathematical education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the power and beauty of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.’ (DfE 2013)

 

At Hambleton Primary School, our Mathematics Mastery Curriculum has been developed to ensure every child can achieve excellence in mathematics. Children can experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve a problem for the first time, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics. We promote the school Christian value of resilience by encouraging a ‘can do attitude’ and the Christian value of creativity by encouraging our pupils to be creative in their mathematical thinking.

 

Key features of our Maths Mastery curriculum:

  • High expectations for every child
  • Fewer topics, greater depth
  • Focus on mathematical thinking and language
  • Resources to support
  • Problem solving/reasoning is central
  • Calculate with confidence– understand why it works

 

Mathematics Mastery places emphasis on the cumulative mastery of essential knowledge and skills in mathematics. We provide pupils with a deep understanding of the subject by utilising a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach so that pupils understand what they are doing rather than just learning to repeat routines without grasping what is happening. Our aim is to develop the ‘number sense’ in our children by a consistent daily session, encompassing a progression of skills and achieving high pupil engagement. The school will offer a caring, supportive environment to enable the children to reach their potential as mathematicians from the educational provision available.

In order to achieve this, our aims as teachers are:

 

  • To encourage an enthusiastic and inquisitive attitude to mathematics
  • To foster high standards of achievement in mathematics
  • To develop pupils’ numeracy and mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving in all subjects so that they understand and appreciate the importance of mathematics
  • To teach children to apply their mathematics to both routine and nonroutine problems, including breaking down more complex problems into a series of simpler steps
  • To equip children with strategies to enable them to apply mathematics to real and unfamiliar situations within and beyond the classroom
  • To develop an appreciation of the intrinsic value and fascination of mathematics as well as its usefulness in life
  • To foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts
  • To ensure pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual knowledge and an ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • To ensure that pupils can reason mathematically and solve problems
  • For our children to develop a ‘can do’ attitude and perceive themselves as mathematicians. To broaden children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in the wider world
  • For our children to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking

 

Extra Opportunities

Hambleton CE Primary School provides our pupils with many additional opportunities for wider mathematical learning:

  • The school has invested in the ‘Times Table Rockstars’ and ‘Sumdog’ websites which are accessible, engaging learning platforms for all of our pupils. The school takes part in regional and national competitions with schools who also are linked to these web sites
  • All children use a ‘Hambleton Maths Passport’, which supports their mental arithmetic learning at home and school
  • The ‘Maths Monster Class Book’ is taken home by a child in each class on a weekly basis to record their ‘practical using and applying skills’ and showcased in our Wise Owl Assemblies.  The children who take part in this activity attend our termly Monster Mash Bash where Maths party games are enjoyed by all
  • The EYFS and YEAR 1 children have the opportunity to take part in ’Maths Puzzle Clubs’ organised by the Year Six pupils during the summer term.
  • During the spring term, the Year Six children have the opportunity to take part in our before school Hot Chocolate Club which enable us boost and reinforce mathematical learning in preparation for the KS2 SATs
  • The pupils participate in maths event days/sessions e.g. Maths Puzzle Day & Hambleton Global Street Food Festival
  • The Year Six pupils all participate in our bespoke ‘Hambleton Young Leaders Award’, which can involve organising enterprise events.
  • The Year three, four and five children have Multiplication/Division booklet’ used to support their mathematical learning

 

Planning and coverage

At Hambleton we follow the National curriculum using the ‘mastery approach’ to teaching. Mastering maths means that pupils acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths. Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.

All children at Hambleton Primary School receive a daily maths lesson, including mental arithmetic.  Mathematical skills also run through many other areas of the curriculum.  Each lesson focusses on one clear learning objective which all children are expected to master; extension activities enable those children who grasp the objective rapidly to extend their learning by exploring it at greater depth.  Each lesson includes elements of: fluency, to practise skills; reasoning, to deepen understanding; and problem solving, to apply skills. 

Teachers use the White Rose Mastery planning and other resources to decide upon and draw up the ‘small steps’ in planning. Every classroom has a range of practical apparatus to support children’s learning, with additional resources stored centrally.  Our ‘Dive Deeper Open Problem Solving/Reasoning Boxes’ are used by our children to extend and deepen their mathematical understanding.

 

Mathematics within the EYFS is developed through purposeful, play-based experiences and will be represented throughout the indoor and outdoor provision. The learning will be based on pupil’s interests and current themes and will focus on the expectations from Development Matters / Early Years Outcomes. Mathematical understanding can be developed through stories, songs, games, imaginative play, child initiated learning and structured teaching. As pupils progress, they will be encouraged to record their mathematical thinking in a more formal way.

 

Parental Involvement

AT SCHOOL, we encourage parents to be involved by:

  • Inviting them into school twice yearly to discuss the progress of their child
  • Providing parents with current targets, regular meetings and two reports over the year outlining their child’s achievements
  • Holding workshops for parents and ‘Maths Event’ days
  • Sending homework activities to be completed by or with their child
  • Sharing Maths success as part of our ‘Wise Owl Assemblies’
  • Sharing mental arithmetic targets and encouraging home learning using the ‘Hambleton Passports’ and ‘Multiplication/Division Booklets’
  • Providing game-based learning activities to enjoy with your child

 

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