Maths at Moston Lane
The National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of maths
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics
At Moston Lane Community Primary School these skills are embedded within the Maths curriculum and are developed over time. 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 our children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically.
At Moston Lane we follow the ‘Big Maths’ scheme of work to teach 20 minutes of mental maths before each session. This is based on core maths and split into 4 sections:
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The Big Maths scheme provides children with opportunities to practise their counting, times tables and calculation skills every day. This daily practise helps the children to become fluent and confident with number and builds strong foundations.
The children then have a full maths session based on a specific area of the new curriculum with a high focus on fluency, problem solving and reasoning. To ensure consistency and progression, the school follows the White Rose Scheme which is supported by the school’s ongoing engagement with the DFE funded Maths Hub Mastery programme. This programme helps to ensure that staff at all levels understand the pedagogy of the approach.
Mathematical topics are taught in blocks to enable children to master their maths and deepen their understanding. To learn mathematics effectively you need to learn some concepts before others e.g. place value before addition and subtraction. Therefore, our curriculum emphasises number skills first, carefully ordered, throughout our curriculum. For some other topics, the order isn’t as crucial, e.g. shape and statistics need to come after number but don’t depend on each other. Topics are mixed so pupils have a wide variety of mathematical experiences in each term and year.
New concepts are shared within real-life contexts and teachers use careful questioning to draw out children’s discussion and their reasoning. The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving the problem using the CPA approach.
Concrete – Children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – Children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can more to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Pupils start by manipulating objects, then use a range of pictorial representations and progress towards the abstract. Partner and independent work provide the means for all children to develop their fluency further, progressing to more complex related problems.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approach supports the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievements of others. The Big Maths and White Rose Schemes ensure that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics by developing a growth mindset. Regular and on-going assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. This means that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 above the national average.
To find out more about our calculations policy, and to help with maths at home, please follow this link:
Below is the ‘Curriculum Map’ and 'Progression of Skill & Knowledge, which outlines the activities and skills that will be taught throughout the year:
Below you can find the 'Age Related Expectations' for each year group. The documents outline what a child should be able to do by the end of their time in each class. Children will be assessed against these expectations to see what they have achieved, and what they need to work on next.
Please follow the links to find out more about the expectations for your child:
Please find 'Knowledge Organisers' for your child's year group below. They include all the key vocabulary that the children will need and use during their Maths lessons throughout the year.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
At Moston Lane we use a variety of websites to secure children’s understanding of different aspects of Maths. Times Table Rockstars is a fun way for the children to practise their times tables, where they can challenge themselves to beat their own times, play against other children in their class as well as their school and they can even compare themselves against other schools in the local area! We also use MyMaths to set weekly homework. In addition to the homework, children can also complete lessons for any areas they are struggling with or want more practice of. All children have a username and a password for both MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars- if they are not sure of them then please do not hesitate to ask their class teacher.