Maths

Maths Curriculum Statement

At St.Oswald's CE Primary School we aim to ensure that pupils become confident and inquisitive mathematicians. We place a large emphasis upon number skills to ensure that pupils are able to add, subtract, multiply and divide using mental and written methods.

Pupils are also encouraged to learn their multiplication and division facts. Each child has a multiplication card from Year 2 onwards.  They will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their knowledge and understanding in their timestables.

All children should know rapid recall of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 by Year 4, the national tests for this were planned to be introduced in the summer term of 2020.

Alongside this, we develop pupils' mathematical thinking, reasoning and problem solving skills

Curriculum Intent

The Maths curriculum at St Oswald’s not only meets the National Curriculum requirements, it promotes curiosity and encourages the children to look for patterns and investigate their own ideas. It develops thinking skills, problem solving and empowers the children to become independent, resilient learners.  Our curriculum seizes opportunities for discussion and explanation which deepen mathematic understanding, reinforces the use of mathematical vocabulary and language development. Mathematical skills are enhanced throughout the curriculum e.g,Science investigations and drawing conclusions, PE - measuring time and distances, Historical timelines etc..

 The aims of the national curriculum are to ensure pupils are enabled to:

  • 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

We support children in their learning by providing them with opportunities to:

  • use concrete objects and/or act out an idea or skill
  • use visual, pictorial representations e.g. bar models to represent problems
  • use abstract representation - the symbolic stage where there is an understanding of formal methods

Implementation

Every class enjoys daily Maths lessons at the beginning of each day until break. (At least 5 hours per week.)  Practical, memorable and challenging lessons ensure the children have valuable and exciting learning experiences which inspire them to have a lifelong interest mathematics. They how the problem solving skills they have developed are valuable life skills. The learning we deliver is varied and interesting, but still cumulative in nature so that the children's understanding develops as they progress through the school embedding key learning and knowledge.  the teachers all follow the White Rose Hub  planning materials and curriculum maps.  this ensures that previous learning is built on and there is a clear structure in the learning that takes place.

In parallel the children are constantly developing their skills across other curriculum area, links are made where possible so that the children can relate mathematics to the real world. E.g. When participating in scientific investigation and recordding their fidings in graphs, charts etc. Or Mearsuring time and distance in PE.  

Ongoing assessment, revisiting concepts and reinforcing knowledge ensures progression and enables all children to make good sustained progress in Maths.

Impact

The curriculum at St Oswald’s will ensure children not only acquire appropriate age related mathematical knowledge but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points.  In shaping our curriculum this way, progress can be measured and evidenced for all children, regardless of their starting points or specific needs.

At St Oswald’s, we aim for all pupils to develop a love of maths and an understanding for how mathematical knowledge is used in various life skills such as telling the time and solving various problems they will be faced with in life.

Mathematic Assessment at St Oswald’s: 

The assessment of Maths is ongoing. Teachers will ascertain the children's understanding during and at the end of each lesson, misconceptions will then be tackled and rectified through marking of pupils work and verbal or written feedback.  All children are expected to respond to feedback given and the evidence of misconceptions being addressed is evidence in the pupils work and progress.

The children acomplete fortnightly basic skills tests.  This is used for assessment for learning and to ensure the children maintain their knowledge in basic skills and build on this throughout the year.

Half termly assertive mentoring Maths tests are used to monitor pupil progress and attainment in working towards their end of year expectations. This assessment data is used to inform further planning to ensure important concepts are understood by all and to ensure all pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations.  At the end of the year the group NFER tests are completed with a standardised score, determining if children have met age related expectations.

Resources:

  • Assertive Mentoring Maths Assessments
  • White Rose Maths Hub 
  • LBQ - Learning by Questions
  • NCTM (for children working at Greater Depth)
  • Nrich maths
  • IXL - Each child has their own log in for regular practise and there is guidance for how to complete the calculations for each activity.  This resource will help both parents and children, particulary when completing homework.
  • TT Rockstars - (Times Tables Rock Stars) is an online programme, pupils in Year 2 upwards all have log in details.  This programme is a fun for daily times tables practise which has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for lots of our pupils.
  • Purple Mash- This programme contrains lot's of fun, educational activities for all ages.

Children have been given individual log ins for TT Rockstars, Purple Mash and IXL to use at home to support learning. If you are unsure of your child's log in please inform you child's class teacher whio will happily provide this for you.

Curriculum Development Opportunities

Maths Challenges are where our pupils get to compete with pupils from other schools demonstrating their mathematical abilities.  The Challenges have been hosted by Litherland High School and Marricourt High school.

In house times table challenges are held and there is a weekly certificate provided for the top 3 pupils on the TT rockstars times tables site.

Debt Aware - A voluntary organisation that have worked in upper Key Stage 2, the aims being that the children understand about the role money plays in thier own and others lives, including how to manage their money and about being a critical consumer. They develop an initial understanding about the concepts about interest, loan, debt and tax.

Interventions and Maths Support

Support in Earl;y - Additional TA support using Numicon.

Key Stage 1 -  Targeted Maths support at lunchtimes & Purple Mash.

Key Stage 2 - TT rock stars, Purple Mash, LBQ & IXL used as interventions and support pre-school, break times and lunchtime.

Precision teaching and Catch - up is also used across Key Stage 1 & 2.

TT Rockstars

It is imperative that all children learn their times tables, the curriculum states that by Year 4 all children should know all their times tables from 2 to 12, in order, mixed up and as divisible facts.  To help we have purchased “TT Rockstars”, which is a programme that all children can use at home. 

All children have been given their user names and passwords.  We would be grateful if your child could use this at home and practice, awards will be given to all those who know their tables.                                         

IXL

On IXL, maths is more than just numbers. With unlimited questions, engaging item types, and real-world scenarios, IXL helps students experience maths at its most mesmerising!  All children have their unique logon and passwords.  If they have lost this, they will need to ask their class teacher who will be able. to help.

Gallery Links

Year 2 - Fractions

Year 2 - Money

Year 2 - Multiplication

Year 2 - Place Value

 

You may find the following links useful:

https://www.doxdirect.com/printable-times-tables/

http://www.iseemaths.com/lessons34

http://www.iseemaths.com/lessons56/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/supermovers/42612496

http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk

https://www.stem.org.uk/primary-maths

https://nrich.maths.org/14600

https://www.topmarks.co.uk

https://www.twinkl.co.uk

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