Subject Leader: Mr B Longland Link Governor: Mrs S Eckland
The National Curriculum 2014 states that:
‘A high-quality mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject’.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
In addition, the learning of mathematics should develop:
- a view of what learning feels like that is applicable in a wider sense;
- critical reflection;
- an awareness of pattern and spatial relationships;
- aesthetic and creative senses.
Intent, Implementation & Impact
Statement of Intent
At Watchlytes School we aim to ensure that all children develop a progressive understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and attitudes. We create a stimulating and exciting mathematical environment for children to thrive in and this encourages a positive attitude towards the learning of mathematics and an enthusiasm for the subject. We strongly believe that children should develop an understanding of mathematics in real-life situations so that they are as well prepared as possible for the next stage in their life.
From our provision in the Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6, we want to ensure that our curriculum is delivered to the highest possible standard with the greatest level of impact from the very beginning. In EYFS, the fundamental mathematics skills and critical thinking is introduced to ensure that we are encouraging mathematical thinkers from the beginning of their educational journey.
As the children progress into Key Stage 1, we begin to follow the Herts for Learning ESSENTIALmaths scheme. This is a fully comprehensive scheme that follows a clear sequence of lessons and shows progression of key fundamental skills. Our daily mathematics lessons focus on extending children’s prior knowledge and ensure that fluency and problem solving remain a high priority. Lessons are differentiated so that all children are challenged and are able to fulfil their full potential. Classrooms are well-resourced with concrete manipulatives that are regularly used in all year groups.
At Watchlytes School, we have adapted the ‘Fast Feedback’ approach to marking. This involves staff intervening early and addressing misconceptions as they happen. Books are then robustly checked so that children who have misconceptions can be ‘conferenced’ before the next lesson. This usually happens the same afternoon. This means that no learning time is lost in the next lesson and the children have the knowledge and understanding to access the learning in the subsequent lesson. We identify children who need additional support and provide targeted interventions to achieve rapid progress. In Year 6, selected children who require extra learning time are given the opportunity to attend a weekly booster class that is delivered by the Year 6 teacher and teaching assistant.
Children are initially assessed on their ability to rapidly recall and apply their number bond knowledge. From the start of Year 2, children are individually assessed on a weekly basis to improve their times table knowledge. A more comprehensive guide can be found on our website for our parents and children to access.
The children are assessed on a termly basis on Target Tracker. This assessment is used to inform planning and identify gaps in learning.
Since adopting the Herts for Learning ESSENTIALmaths scheme in 2018, we now believe that our curriculum is purposefully sequenced and provides our children with vast opportunities to develop their mathematical proficiency.
Most of the children at Watchlytes have a positive attitude towards their learning in mathematics.
Children and parents are now more prepared for the Year 4 multiplication check.
And here's what we've been up to...
Young Mathematician of the Year Award 2020: January 2020
Four of our children from Year 5 and 6 took part in the regional finals of the Young Mathematician of the Year Award last week. They were invited to take part after being carefully selected during an in-school session back in November. They were set a challenge at our local Explore Learning centre that was designed to test their mathematical thinking and team work. We are currently awaiting the results and hope that we have done enough to reach the national finals. Good luck!