At Town Field, we teach maths through a mastery approach this means:
- The whole class moves through content at the same pace
- There is time to think deeply about maths
- Self-confidence is installed in learners
- Differentiation is through depth rather than acceleration
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
Our approach to maths
Year groups focus on one aspect of the maths curriculum, such as place value for several weeks which allows the children to go deeper in their learning through developing their mathematical fluency, reasoning and ability to problem solve.
Additionally, all year groups use the concrete-pictorial-approach (CPA) to develop children’s understanding. We strongly believe that children must grasp the initial fluency of their mathematical skills through the use of high quality resources and models which reinforce the concrete and pictorial, and then allow the children to have a clear understanding of the abstract.
Teachers use teacher assessments to judge children’s level of understanding at the end of each unit to track their progress and to ensure timely and relevant interventions are put in place to improve outcomes for targeted children.
Embedded in our approach to teaching maths are our Maths Monsters for KS1 and KS2. These monsters support children with the tools and vocabulary needed to be a good mathematician.
Mathematics Calculation Policy
The teaching of maths and calculation methods have changed over the years and we want to make sure you can support your child at home. Our school calculation policy describes strategies using the CPA approach for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Each will guide you through the objectives for the national curriculum as well as how to help your children using the correct methods.
We use an interactive teaching tool called MyMaths to support the link between school and home. Teachers set children a task to be completed with a due in time. Children support their own learning by practising the skill, complete an assessment and then self-assess their progress. www.mymaths.co.uk