We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of Maths with the right kind of teaching and support.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Ashleigh Primary School, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time using Maths No Problem textbook approach. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing children's curiosity, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
All pupils can learn mathematical skills to the highest levels with their mistakes acting as valuable contributors to their learning. Mathematics is about creativity, pattern spotting and making sense of situations. In a mathematics classroom, the focus is not on giving quick answers but the depth of understanding. Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.
Everyone can master an understanding and love of Maths. Struggling learners are not left behind as they are given time and exposure to year group expectations. Advanced learners need to be given an opportunity to deepen their thinking e.g. through types of questions and challenges and will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.
Throughout their journey at Ashleigh Primary School all children should experience…
|CPA – learning concepts through concrete apparatus, pictorial images and finally abstract representations||Journaling
|All children use manipulatives to support learning|
|Cross curricular opportunities to develop pupils’ mathematical fluency||Communicate their ideas using mathematical vocabulary||Engage in a variety of problem solving activities|
|Experience opportunities to use reasoning skills||Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model||Solve problems using a variety of strategies||Show their working out using various methods|
|Opportunities to engage in maths investigations||Make independent decisions when solving mathematical problems||Opportunities to use visualisation||Collaborate within maths lessons e.g. talk partners|
At Ashleigh Primary School and Nursery our belief is…
‘We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support.’
To help us achieve this, in September 2018 we introduced a scheme of work called Maths No Problem which is based on what is called 'The Singapore Method'. The core themes of Maths No Problem are that pupils are taught key skills in a logical sequence with concrete, pictorial and abstract representations all used to support the introduction of new learning. Additionally, pupils are encouraged to reason about their learning by exploring and explaining their methods in greater detail. This is a central theme in Singapore Maths where the learning is focussed on achieving mastery rather than moving on to new concepts too quickly.
Click on the link below to find out more about what is Singapore maths.
The link below shows a series of videos which will be useful and important when supporting your child with maths at home. The videos cover the seven topics:
- Fundamental idea
- Number bonds
- Mental calculations
- Long division
- Bar modelling