At St Georges C of E Primary School our aim throughout our work in Mathematics is to uphold the school’s mission statement: Be determined and confident, as God will be with you, inspiring us to learn, care and share through work, play and prayer.
We encourage children to be determined and resilient as they face each challenge set to them. Maths is designed to develop their confidence through small, incremental steps to ensure a mastery of each new concept.
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 mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Find out more about our development of the maths curriculum in our Maths Policy which is attached below.
After extensive research and training we have created a curriculum that is based on mastery of mathematical concepts, gaining greater depth in children’s understanding as well as producing confident, resilient and enthusiastic learners.
In every lesson we use the teaching sequence of teaching new concepts through concrete – pictorial– abstract, which is the basis of our planning.
We also ensure our teaching and learning is based on the 5 main components of mastery:
- Variation- highlighting the essential components of a concept by varying the questioning and activity to produce intelligent practise.
- Fluency- The ability to quickly recall and use number facts.
- Mathematical Thinking-Looking for patterns, relationships and connections in mathematical problems.
- Representation and Structure- Showing the mathematical concept in different ways.
- Coherence- Lessons are broken down in to small steps to ensure full understanding.
Maths No Problem
After careful consideration and research we have chosen to use the Maths No Problem resources to enhance our mastery approach to teaching. This set of resources ensures staff are adequately supported in using the Big 5 of Mastery Maths and therefore allows them to use their creativity to make lessons fun and engaging.
To find out more about Maths No Problem, follow the link https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/approach/what-is-maths-mastery/
Home Learning Tools
We have a range of tools that children can access at home. Please click on the links to find out more and have a go!
Timestable Rockstars- a great app for practising timestables. Find the log in details in your red digital booklet. https://ttrockstars.com/
Numbots- prefect for EYFS and KS1 learners to develop basic number skills. Find the log in details in your red digital booklet. https://numbots.com/
Hit the Button- a great game to practise maths skills from number bonds to doubles to timetables. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
Topmarks- a fantastic resource where you can search of different maths topics to find games. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?Subject=16
During the year we will be offering a Maths Challenge Club to Year 3/4. This will give children the opportunity to intriguing, fun maths problems in groups as well as engage in mathematical conversation.
In June 2022, we held a STEM week in school. This brought together Maths, Science, Design and Computing subjects in a focus on sustainability. We looked at different areas where we could look after our world for the future and used skills from all the STEM subjects to complete tasks and workshops. We hope to hold another STEM week in the future.