"Few subjects in the school curriculum are as important to the future of the nation as mathematics;“ Cockcroft, Mathematics Counts 1982.
At Gawsworth we recognise the importance of Mathematics to the life-enhancing opportunities it will provide our children. Empowering our young people to develop a firm understanding and appreciation of Mathematics is crucial to fulfilment in their own lives and directly correlates to human progress. From our Early Years learning to Secondary transition in Y6, we aim to help children understand the often abstract concepts of Mathematics through the use of manipulative materials and pictorial models that run through our curriculum. We recognise that everyone can do mathematics and through their learning they will develop many higher order thinking skills such as: logical reasoning, communication of ideas through explanation and an ability to hypothesise, deduce, predict and systematically test out ideas.
At Gawsworth we have adopted a ‘Mastery’ approach to the teaching of Mathematics. We have identified 6 key areas of mathematical teaching and learning influenced by the White Rose ‘Small Steps’ approach:
- Skill fluency and confident application in varied contexts (Varied Fluency)
- Communicating understanding both verbally and in writing (Demonstrated understanding through explanation)
- Reasoning and Problem solving (using logic, deduction, hypothesis)
- ‘Real life’ relevance
- Transference of skills to other curriculum areas
Schemes of Work
Teachers follow the National Curriculum (2014). We support our delivery of this by using ‘White Rose Small Steps’ and have adopted into our teaching the ‘Power Maths’ scheme and resources to enable us to teach the children through a mastery approach to maths. Teaching maths for mastery involves employing approaches that help pupils to develop a deep and secure knowledge and understanding of mathematics at each stage of their learning, so that by the end of every school year or Key Stage, pupils will have acquired mastery of the mathematical facts and concepts they've been taught. Throughout their time at Gawsworth Primary the children in all year groups will be encouraged to use concrete, pictorial and abstract methods (CPA) to support their learning. Delivery of this curriculum is supplemented by other resources such as ‘Mastering the Curriculum’, ‘Classroom Secrets’, ‘Active Learn’ and ‘My Maths’ in order to personalise our maths curriculum.
During KS1 pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.
During KS2 pupils use the number system more confidently. They move from counting reliably to calculating fluently with all four number operations. The New Curriculum requires the use of “Standard” methods of calculating by the end of KS2. This is supported by the use of a CPA approach in all KS2 classes where by formal methods of working are modelled alongside concrete and pictorial methods. This approach helps to support children on their journey to ‘mastery’ of the maths curriculum. Pupils explore features of shape and space and develop their measuring skills in a range of contexts. Maths talk is valued highly and is encouraged in the children’s reasoning and problem solving work.