Maths at Banks Road
At Banks Road we have made significant changes to our teaching of Mathematics in order to implement the Mastery approach and continue to meet the aims of the National Curriculum.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. (Department for Education)
We follow the White Rose planning schemes of work in KS1 that promote fluency, reasoning and problem solving within every teaching session. We encourage depth of learning with carefully planned questions and tasks that require children to explain, reason and prove their mathematical thinking and become fluent in the use of a range of strategies.
The 'Calculation Policy' and 'Parent's Guide to Helping Your Child with Maths' best outline our approach to the teaching of mathematics.
We have a central resource of Maths manipulatives and equipment but we have also invested in Maths trolleys for each classroom. The trolleys are full of a range of manipulatives, including; Numicon, Base 10, Cuisenaire rods, tens and ones counters, ten frames, coins and notes, magnetic fractions, counters and much more!
As well as specifically designed mathematical resources we have built up a collection of natural maths resources. For example, wooden sticks, wooden circles, pine cones, Bamboo and pebbles.
We feel that children develop ownership of their learning if they have a range of manipulatives easily accessible. They are able to choose which resources to use depending on the task set and therefore are encouraged to investigate which resources are the most effective.
A Creative Approach
Within each Maths session we aim to be creative and draw on other areas of the curriculum where possible.
Our Forest Schools sessions have been fantastic for promoting a physical, investigative approach to mathematics using a variety of natural resources.
Stronger links are being established between Design & Technology with our 'Big Box Modelling' projects.
In our EYFS we have promoted mathematical learning through Snack Time and Baking activities.