Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Quinton Primary School is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach which enables all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic math skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
The mathematics curriculum at Quinton is based on the framework of the White Rose Maths planning which has been developed to enable a mastery approach to teaching the subject. Teachers develop children's conceptual understanding through questioning designed to develop children's fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Teachers use a range of resources including, but not limited to, White Rose Maths, Classroom Secrets, NCETM, Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots in order to develop and assess children's understanding.
Maths at Quinton:
- Basic Maths skills are taught daily, focusing on key mathematical skills including place value, the four operations and fractions.
- A range of reasoning resources are used to challenge all children and give them the opportunity to reason with their understanding.
- Feedback is provided throughout lessons and supports children by picking up on misconceptions and ensuring that they are ready for their next Maths lesson.
- Children are taught through targeted differentiated small group and mixed ability whole class lessons.
- Lessons use a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to guide children through their understanding of mathematical processes.
- Revise and Review consolidation lessons are used to revisit previous learning and ensure Maths skills are embedded.
- Homework focuses on arithmetic and is set to develop and review children's learning.
- Where possible, links are made with other subjects across the curriculum.
As a result of our Maths teaching at Quinton you will see:
- Engaged children who are all challenged.
- Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
- Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
- Different representations of mathematical concepts.
- Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.
Through the teaching of key mathematics skills we enable our children to:
- Be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry
- Solve problems by applying their mathematical understanding and knowledge