Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.
Mathematics curriculum planning
Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and St. Peter’s use the National Mathematics Curriculum 2014 as the basis for implementing the statutory requirements of the programme of study for each year group. (See link below to view the New National Mathematics Curriculum 2014). The White Rose Hub and Abacus resources are used to plan and deliver structured lessons which cover the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum.
St. Peter's recognise that success in calculation comes from a secure understanding of the number system and deep conceptual understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and how they relate to each other. Therefore, it is essential that the children gain immediate recall of known facts, acquire a range of mental calculation strategies and have a deep understanding of written calculation methods.
Developing known facts
At St Peter’s we believe it is essential for all the children to master key mathematical number facts to allow them to use this knowledge in their calculation work. Our progression in mental calculation skills includes a set of facts that the children will be supported to learn so that they can quickly recall them. In each unit of work, time is dedicated to ensuring the children master these skills.
Teaching mental calculation strategies
Mental calculation strategies are different to known facts and arithmetic skills. These strategies are taught throughout the school, deepening the children’s understanding of calculation.
Progression in calculation methods
The stages for progression in each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are set out clearly in the Calculation Policy.(Please note: The National Curriculum states that formal methods of calculation for the four operation should be first introduced from Y3 onwards, therefore St. Peter’s does not teach these methods until Key Stage 2)
A link to our Calculation Policy which details the calculation methods and strategies the teachers are using can be found below.
In the Classroom - Teaching and learning style
St. Peter’s uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop our children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, through daily lessons that consist of whole class and small group teaching. Only through repeated chances to apply the skills they have learnt do the children really master them. Therefore, in every unit of work, the children will be supported to practice their calculation skills in appropriate ways. Children are often set a short task at the start of lessons to allow them to practise their calculation skills, while at other times this practice is integrated into the unit of work. Each classroom looks different as the class teacher is best placed to know how to support the children’s learning. However, the teaching of new calculation methods always follows the concrete – pictorial – abstract approach. During lessons we encourage the children to ask, as well as answer, mathematical questions and a wide range of resources are available to support their learning. Children and teachers use ICT in mathematics lessons to enhance their learning and to assist with modelling ideas and methods. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use and apply their learning in everyday situations.
Children are set a weekly homework task in order to strengthen their learning in mathematics and this often links to the mathematical concept they have been working on that week.