Maths

Maths at Wittersham School

What does Maths look like?

We value a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum which engages all pupils allowing them to make progress in lessons.  Our pupils need to develop the necessary skills to make them ‘deep thinkers’ in order to reason, problem solve and develop conceptual understanding equipping them with knowledge that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts.  They need to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use their knowledge in other curriculum subjects.  Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and we want our children to know the purpose behind their learning and to apply their knowledge to their everyday lives.  As a school, we are committed to fostering children’s long term understanding of maths and believe that all children can succeed.

How is Maths taught?

KS1 and KS2

 We are part of the  NCETM Maths Mastery Scheme which is a national network of hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college in order to spread excellent practice for all pupils.   Teaching for mastery describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.  A mastery approach:

  • Has number at its heart. A significant proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.
  • Ensures pupils have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the curriculum as a whole group.
  • Sets challenges to extend pupils, ensuring that depth and breadth of each key concept is gained.
  • Provides plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
  • Maximises pupils’ chances of success by developing deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts.

In support of this, for years 1 to 6, we follow the White Rose planning which is centred on the Mastery approach and ensures that our pupils have full coverage of the Maths National Curriculum.  Full coverage of the progression of skills can be found at the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/42990) .Additionally, we use the NCETM Teaching for Mastery Spines for addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions (https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/50640), Nrich (https://nrich.maths.org/) and a further selection of premium resources which provide our pupils with a variety of different types of learning and problem solving activities as well as ensuring topic areas are revisited throughout the year.  Maths is widely promoted across the school and our classrooms have working walls which the children can utilise to support their learning together with a wide range of concrete resources.  Children have access to the online resource of Mathletics, which aims to build pupil engagement and consolidate maths knowledge.  Additionally, to support children with their multiplication practice, we use TT Rockstars as an online and fun learning platform which also offers resources to be used in the classroom.

Our aim is to ensure that the three core areas of the National Curriculum are covered in all of our lessons: fluency, reasoning and problem solving.  We offer the children the opportunity to have varied and frequent practice of their maths skills with the focus on their ability to recall and apply their knowledge quickly and accurately.  Reasoning is a key area in all our lessons as our pupils need to be able to describe, explain, convince, justify and prove to be successful in this subject.  Mathematical vocabulary is an essential part of each lesson and the pupils need to understand this within the area they are studying.  Each lesson provides children with the opportunity to reason through their ideas, use their mathematical language to explore a line of enquiry and problem solve routine and non-routine problems.