Maths - Teaching for Mastery
Mathematics is a vital part of everyday life: it teaches children how to make sense of the world around them. At Earlsdon Primary School, we aim to prepare children by providing them with essential Mathematical skills they will need throughout their life.
Mathematics is a core subject where all key mathematical concepts are taught, these are developed further through a range of theme based cross curricular links, allowing children to use their Maths skills in a wider context. We promote the ability to develop confidence, fluency and competence in number work; geometry and measure; statistics and the using and applying of skills.
At Earlsdon we use the Singapore methods to teach maths. These methods are rooted in sound pedagogy and evidence based research. Each session starts with an ‘In Focus Task’ where the children work in pairs to investigate a mathematical concept using concrete resources for example place value counters, tens frames. Following this approach ensures the basic concepts of each topic are fully embedded so that the children are able to apply their learning much more fluently. The learning is then followed up with additional guided activities, which then leads into an independent challenge. There is also a challenge activity for those children who are ready to deepen their understanding.
As the children progress through our school, we aim to develop their fluency in Mathematics by practicing the fundamentals of calculating rapidly and accurately. We continue to develop the children’s arithmetic skills where they are able to demonstrate confidence in formal written methods of Mathematics. Reasoning mathematically and explaining will become an important aspect of lessons, as will being able to problem solve.
Our aim at Earlsdon is for all children to enjoy mathematics, develop a growth mind-set approach and embrace the challenges that it can provide. In time this approach will allow children the chance to demonstrate mastery in mathematics!