Mrs Peacock is the maths lead at Hogarth Primary School. If you have any ideas or queries relating to this area of the curriculum, please email: email@example.com
At Hogarth, we want to create confident mathematicians who have a secure understanding of mathematical concepts to enable fluency, reasoning and problem solving in a variety of theoretical and real life contexts. Using and applying these skills creatively inside and outside the classroom.
The National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) is the basis of all our maths learning. Alongside this, we use various schemes of work including White Rose Maths. This enables the teacher to carefully plan work that best suits the individuals within their class.
We dedicate the first term of each academic year to Number as we recognise its fluent application to be a necessary prerequisite for reasoning and problem-solving and from Year 1- Year 6, we also have a 3 week rolling programme for mathematics. This is taught on a daily basis and allows the children to frequently re-visit the various mathematical concepts that are covered in each year group.
Quality first teaching is at the heart of all our maths lessons, to ensure that all children make progress. We teach using a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach so that learning is made real for all pupils and through the use of manipulatives as a scaffold for learning, children have a hook for their understanding
Differentiation is through depth rather than through acceleration of learning. We want our pupils to feel secure in ‘having a go’. Learners are often sat in mixed ability seating and are supported by the class teacher and learning support assistant as appropriate. The children are encouraged to discuss and share their mathematical understanding, using STEM sentences and appropriate mathematical vocabulary. In Year One, the teacher may focus on using and applying one STEM sentence per week so that by the time the children go into Year Six they are able to use a range of sentences to speak and think mathematically.
Children should be encouraged to explore and to investigate but they first need to be able to quickly recall. We have a weekly times table competition for all children from Year Two to Year Six. The children have the opportunity to collect their bronze, silver and gold certificates, a 100% badge and finally a medal as they work through to more challenging multiplications and related facts.
Maths is an engaging and creative subject. Teachers apply mathematical concepts to their topic work to make it relevant for the children and mathematics is regularly taught through Forest School.
The children will be confident mathematicians who will gain the skills and mathematical understanding that they need, not only for their schooling, but more importantly for their life. They will be resilient learners and be able to apply their mathematical skills in different contexts, as logical thinkers and problem-solvers. They will understand the pedagogy behind mathematical concepts, select the most effective strategies and be able to explain why they are using a particular method. Furthermore, they will be excited by maths and have enquiring minds, ready to take on new challenges.