Mathematics at St Silas Primary School
We focus on 3 main things:
- We learn basic number facts so we can work quickly and accurately.
- We learn how to explain our thinking and understanding.
- We learn how to solve problems.
These are our beliefs:
- We can all be good at Maths.
- We all learn together; we help each other understand.
- We know that it’s ok to make mistakes; we use them to learn.
- We expect to find some things hard; we know to keep trying.
- We know that it is important to understand why answers are correct.
- We like to prove our understanding.
- We use resources and images to help us learn.
Our teachers think about the way we are taught:
- They use apparatus, models and images to help us learn.
- They begin each lesson by focusing on number facts and the number system.
- They develop our conceptual understanding of the different topics.
- They ask questions that help us develop our understanding.
- They check our work within the lesson and/or at the end of each day.
- They get us to check our own work and that of our peers.
- Their marking helps us to know how we are doing.
- Their marking helps them plan the next day’s work.
- If we are struggling to do the work, they will help get us support.
The Aims of Mathematics:
- To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity and exploration
- To promote confidence and competence so that children are proud of their achievements
- To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through an investigative approach
- To develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of numbers and the number system
- To develop problem-solving skills through reasoning in a range of contexts
- To develop a practical understanding of data collection and presentation
- To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
- To understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life
Our daily, ‘quality first’ teaching encompasses work on counting and the number system, mental mathematics and an objective-based focus from the curriculum. Our teaching addresses the 3 main aims of the mastery curriculum (fluency, reasoning and problem-solving). We provide focused support for our KS2 pupils to help them build an understanding of the skills needed when problem-solving.
We use AfL strategies to inform our knowledge of pupils’ understanding. Our marking policy ensures regular, short-term assessments that inform planning and enable accurate teacher assessments of specific objectives. In addition, we use regular formal testing to aid accuracy in regard to teachers’ judgments.
Our Calculation Policy uses a CPA approach that fits with the philosophy of mastery teaching, and aims to develop efficient, reliable calculation strategies that build a good understanding of ‘number’ and ‘place value’.