‘Maths is a creative and highly inter-connected 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’. (DfE National Curriculum)
At Brixworth we believe that maths is not just about completing calculations and getting the right answer. It is about understanding, at a deep level, why calculation methods work and then being able to apply mathematical reasoning to solve problems.
We aim to achieve this by developing Mastery for Maths with our children. The acquiring mastery of mathematics is something for all pupils and the teaching for mastery approaches can enable every pupil (with only a tiny proportion of exceptions) to succeed in maths. This means that all pupils, however quickly they appear to grasp concepts and processes, are supported in deepening their learning, whilst moving through the curriculum at the same pace.
The White Rose Maths is used as our basis for delivering the maths curriculum. Using this scheme enables a deep understanding to be achieved through covering topics in greater depth. Pupils master concepts rather than learning procedures by rote. To achieve this, we ensure that teachers teach and children use:
Objects and pictures to represent maths
Children use concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs).
The way that children speak and write about mathematics has been shown to have an impact on their success. We use correct mathematical vocabulary when teaching and expect children to use it when explaining or justifying their mathematical reasoning.
To be able to problem solve children must apply their accumulation of knowledge of mathematics concepts. This enables them to decide which mathematical calculations they need to apply to their problem solving.