Maths at Green Gates is practical and engaging, drawing on the children’s knowledge of basic skills. We aim to develop resilient problem solvers who are not afraid to take risks.
As a school, we aim to:
- Equip children with a sound understanding of maths, including the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need now and in the future;
- Develop basic skills so that children can tackle more complex problems with fluency;
- Provide opportunities for hands on learning so that children are active and develop a love of maths;
- Develop and nurture deeper thinking and reasoning skills so that children become mathematicians;
- Develop a comprehension for maths alongside basic skills;
- Support children to develop fluency and fast recall of times tables and their related division facts.
Implementation - EYFS
In the EYFS, maths is embedded within the areas of learning and is taught discretely in Reception. There are stimulating and engaging activities that enable the children to practise their basic number skills in lots of different ways. Children will learn through well planned play and will be encouraged to question and explain, using appropriate language.
Implementation - Key Stage One and Two
Maths is taught in blocks as a discrete subject, however is also linked into the wider curriculum as much as possible. The teaching of maths follows the White Rose Maths Mastery approach of concrete, pictorial and abstract, ensuring that children are following the model by showing, practising, thinking solving and explaining.
Children complete pre tasks at the start of each block, so that teaching is carefully planned to address any gaps in knowledge and provide challenge for all children. At the end of each block, all children complete a post task and a self-assessment to track the progress they have made.
Maths in KS1 is still very practical and children use a wealth of concrete resources to make maths as interactive as possible. Children work individually, with a partner and in small groups to solve problems, develop their understanding with challenges that provoke deeper thinking. Children build on the skills that they have developed in EYFS as they begin to learn their times tables and related division facts. They are encouraged to verbalise their understanding and explanations of different concepts. Children take part in Fantastic Five and Times table Rock Stars on a daily basis to develop their fluency and mental calculation skills.
Maths is KS2 continues to follow the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach to learning, ensuring that the children take part in a wealth of active lessons. Children are encouraged to build upon the basic skills they embedded in KS1 ensuring that they are able to manipulate calculations with fluency. Deeper thinking is part of daily maths lessons encouraging children to question, reason and explain. Children engage in open-ended tasks that do not always have a right or wrong answer. Children continue to develop their mental calculations and knowledge of times tables by taking part in Terrific Ten and Times table Rock Stars on a daily basis.