Since September 2018 we have been following a Maths Mastery Curriculum using the White Rose scheme of work, which breaks down the curriculum for each year group into smaller topics. These topics are taught through the three aims of fluency, reasoning and problem solving, differentiated to provide appropriate challenge to all children. We use a range of other resources to support the planning, including Abacus, Deepening Understanding, Pixl and Teaching for Maths Mastery from the NCETM. The yearly overview for each year group gives an outline of the blocks to be taught. Each of these blocks is then used by the teachers to create a unit overview, ensuring there is a clear progression of skills, knowledge and understanding.
The majority of Maths lessons follow a similar structure, consisting of: mental starter, followed by whole class focus with a guided task, finishing with independent or collaborative practice and a plenary. As recommended by the White Rose scheme, we have adopted an emphasis on the use of mathematical vocabulary using stem sentences.
Within class, children are taught in both ability and mixed ability groupings as appropriate to the learning that day. All lessons have the opportunity for the children to build on prior knowledge as well as apply their skills to reasoning and problem solving tasks. Children will move through these tasks at different speeds but will always be working on the same objective as the rest of the class.
From September 2018, our mental maths focus for each phase is:
- In KS1 the focus will be on counting, number bonds and other number skills
- In lower KS2 the focus will be on times tables and linked division facts
- In upper KS2 the focus will be on fractions, decimals, percentages, square and prime numbers
Since September 2018, all year groups from Reception upwards have been following the White Rose scheme of work, which consists of:
- a yearly/termly overview outlining when each topic is taught
- weekly objectives
- teaching notes and examples
- small steps guidance
- suggested mental and independent activities
Each year group uses these resources to create an overview for each unit, mapping out the skills and teaching points that need to be covered, as well as the opportunities for applying knowledge through reasoning and problems solving tasks. They then produce a short-term weekly plan of lessons based on the needs of their class, identified by assessment.
Every Maths lesson should have an element of arithmetic. In Y1-Y6, one mental starter a fortnight is designated for an arithmetic quiz, with the number and difficulty of questions appropriate to the age and ability of the class. Each year group has a Rising Stars Arithmetic Test book to use for this.
Assessment should be continuous throughout the year, allowing for children who need targeted support to be identified. The children are assessed against each of the taught objectives and there are a range of White Rose materials that we use to support this process of teacher judgement, including the end of block and end of term tests (where appropriate). Formal assessments are used at the end of each term and the teacher assessment judgements must be recorded on Target Tracker using the Bands and Steps system.
Download our calculation policy here. These will show you the strategies we use to teach the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and how the learning progresses as the children deepen their understanding.
Here are some great websites to help with all areas of Maths.