Maths is taught daily across the school. The length of the session varies but in Years 1-6 these sessions are mostly 60 minutes. As a school, we are committed to the mastery approach, as advocated by the Maths Hub. To support this approach, we use the White Rose scheme of work. This provides small learning steps and lesson outlines which teachers then adapt for their classes. Teachers also use the Ready to Progress Criteria produced by the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) to prioritise their teaching. As part of the mastery approach, teachers use a CPA (concrete, pictorial and) abstract approach in all lessons to ensure there are clear representations to aid and deepen pupils’ understanding. This allows pupils to build their independence in lesssons. Pupils are encouraged to work independently but also collaboratively in lessons. This could be through peer support to discuss strategies used or to identify mistakes which are then used to clarify understanding. This happens in a respectful environment. Pupils are encouraged to apply their learning and to build resilience when they find aspects difficult.
To enhance the Maths provision, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 also have a 20-minute Mastering Number session four times a week. This is to support and encourage pupils to have good mental recall of number facts and therefore build their independence in lessons. In Key Stage 2, short-burst fact fluency sessions build on key number facts pupils have acquired during Key Stage 1. These happen at the beginning of each maths session.
Online resources, such as Times Table Rockstars and Numbots, support pupils to build their resilience in learning the key number facts they need to underpin the learning that happens in lessons. Century is another online tool teachers use to promote pupils practising their skills independently at home and is a way of setting homework for the children to complete in line with their learning in lessons.
Please click the link below to view the outlines of the White Rose Scheme: