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Maths at Pirton Hill

Our aim at Pirton Hill, is for every child to enjoy and understand Maths. This will develop confident mathematicians, able to understand numbers, calculate fluently and apply skills in a wide variety of different situations. We strive to achieve this through a broad and balanced Maths Curriculum which meets the requirements of the 2014 National Curriculum for Maths.

 

Learning Sequence

At Pirton Hill, we believe that children not only need to learn a wide range of Maths skills, they also need to master these skills. In order to achieve this, skills are taught in a three step approach where the children experience Maths practically before moving to pictorial and written formats.

 

For example: Jack has 3 cars and Sam has 1 car. How many cars do they have altogether?

 

Concrete

Pictorial

Abstract

Using real objects.

 

Using pictures and visual representations.

 

Using numbers and symbols.

​​        ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​           ​​​​​​​ 3 + 1 = 

The delivery of Maths at Pirton Hill is supported by the use of White Rose Maths. This is a scheme influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. White Rose Maths brings together a team of highly experienced and passionate maths teaching experts to support schools. The scheme is built around the need for children to master skills and knowledge. It has been written with 5 key principles in mind to ensure all children have access to high quality teaching and learning. These principles are:

  1. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving high standards in Maths.
  2. The vast majority of pupils progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.
  3. Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
  4. Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts in tandem.
  5. Teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge, and assess pupils regularly to identify those requiring intervention so that all pupils keep up.

 

These are principles by which we plan our sequences of lessons, keeping at the core the idea that all children are capable of achieving if the right doors are opened.

 

What will the children be taught in each year group?

 

The White Rose scheme of learning is split into sequential units across the year, each with a high emphasis on the teaching and learning of number, forming the basis for all other areas of Maths.

 

The overview for each year group can be accessed at 

https://whiterosemaths.com/resources/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/

 

Numbots and Times Tables Rockstars

 

To further support learning and automatic recall of number facts we provide the opportunity to all learners from Reception to Year 6 to play Numbots and Times Tables Rockstars in school and at home.

 

Frequent practice is essential to develop and embed these skills - little and often is the key.

 

Numbots is primarily aimed at Reception and Year 1 supporting development of number bonds and addition and subtraction knowledge.

 

From Year 2 upwards the children progress on to Times Tables Rockstars to develop automatic recall of multiplication and division facts.

 

 

Maths Policy (February 2018)

Written Calculation Policy (November 2019)

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