Aims and objectives:
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected subjects 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 around the subject.
Here at Mevagissey Primary School, we firmly support the three core National Curriculum aims to ensure that pupils can:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including 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 non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
White Rose
The White Rose schemes of learning covers at least the expected content for each year group in the National Curriculum. It also supports the development of reasoning and problem solving as well as fluency so that all the aims of the National Curriculum are met and links to the DFE’s “Ready to progress“ criteria. Based on extensive research and years of classroom practice, White Rose schemes are written by practising teachers for teachers.
What is Mastery Maths?
Mastering Maths means acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. At any one point in a pupil’s journey through school, achieving mastery is taken to mean acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable him/her move on to more advanced material. This means children should deepen their conceptual understanding by tackling challenging and varied problems rather than accelerating through concepts. Children should not be extended with new learning before they are ready.
Teaching and Learning:
In all classes, teachers will use a concrete-pictorial-abstract approach to support children to understand the maths they are learning and to be able to use it elsewhere. All pupils, regardless of prior experiences of mathematics, will utilise concrete and pictorial resources; they are used as a key tool to develop the pupils’ depth of understanding and the visualisation of a mathematical topic.
  • Concrete representation: a pupil is first introduced to an idea or skill by acting it out with real objects. This is a ‘hands on’ component using real objects and is a foundation for conceptual understanding.
  • Pictorial representation: a pupil has sufficiently understood the ‘hands on’ experiences performed and can now relate them to representations, such as a diagram or picture of the problem.
  • Abstract representation: a pupil is now capable of representing problems by using mathematical notation, for example 12 x 2 = 24.
Units of lessons are planned in careful sequences, with longer periods of time being spent on each topic. Small steps are taken and teachers plan for misconceptions prior to lessons, enabling pupils to access rich learning experiences.
Lessons are often taught in a ping-pong style, where pupil voice is frequently used to explain, reason and discuss an enquiry. Teachers structure lessons so that they facilitate a high level of understanding and depth of learning through both investigation and discussion.
Maths Games and Home Resources
Times Table Rock Stars
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed and is a lot of fun! Every child has a login for this from the school.
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Questions are embedded into games, with different games for different learning styles – racing games, cooking games, flying games – there’s something for everyone. Sumdog is all about personalising the experience for each child. The questions, which are curriculum-aligned, adapt to meet your child where they are while letting them play with friends, a robot or kids from across the world.
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NumBots is all about every child achieving the “triple win” of understanding, recall and fluency in mental addition and subtraction, so that they move from counting to calculating.
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