The 2014 National Curriculum sees Maths as essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths at Caedmon
The mathematics teaching in the school covers the following areas: Number, Calculation, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics, with problem solving taught and incorporated throughout each lesson.
We aim to make lessons interactive, investigative and active, to ensure that all children make sustained progress and have the opportunity to apply their Maths skills. We always ensure a focus on number, calculation and problem solving.
Maths is taught daily and Maths facts are practised throughout the school day. In addition to this, Maths skills are taught, where appropriate, through our creative curriculum and are a big part of the Science curriculum.
Staff have worked hard to ensure lessons are planned to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum. We broadly follow the timetable suggested by the White Rose Maths, which is a long-term plan that ensures coverage and progression throughout the year and across the different year groups throughout the school. This approach encourages a mixture of the following:
This involves solving a problem that only requires number work or knowledge of a particular method.
Using new knowledge and/or prior learning to explain how or why the answer is what it is.
Applying knowledge and fluency to solve a problem that has a specific context, often a real world situation.
Teachers are supported with their planning by the Maths subject leader and standardisation and moderation of learning and skills are a regular part of the school monitoring cycle.
We work hard to develop number facts including times tables and related facts. Year 1 use the Big Maths approach sessions are taught daily to ensure careful planned progression of key number skills. In the rest of the school, we carry out weekly arithmetic assessments, covering the wide range of skills requiring effective manipulation of number, using the outcomes to support children in intervention sessions over the following week.
Lessons are planned carefully using prior assessments, written specifically for the new National Curriculum, with the intention that teaching is well judged to ensure progress for all learners. Children are constantly assessed and will be set specific targets during different topics of Maths. We have a wide range of practical resources (such as Dienes and Numicon), that are used in the early stages of securing mathematical understanding so that learning is deep and basic skills are clearly mastered. Children have access to a range of ICT resources including IXL, Interactive Resources and Education City.
We regularly celebrate achievement in Maths in school through our Celebration Assembly and have previously held successful Maths Days which further promote a love of the subject.
We are lucky to have a range of interventions for Mathematics within the school. These support children who may have have special needs, or who need a little extra help to catch up. Interventions include: 1:1 interventions based on big maths assessments (with class teacher or TA, weekly), ECAT (EYFS and KS1), Numbers Count (for children in Key Stage 1), First Class at Number (Key Stage One), Plus 1 (Key Stage 1), First Class at Number 2 (Key Stage 2) and The Power of Two (Key Stage 2).
Interventions take place after consultation between the class teacher, phase leader and Maths coordinator to ensure they are targeted effectively.
Children in all year groups are given a weekly homework task to consolidate what has been covered in class. Children also have access to a number of online services to support their learning.
There are many websites that can support your child with their Maths work. Some explain mathematical ideas with examples provided, whereas others include activities and games to practise important skills. Online video websites such as YouTube and Khan Academy can demonstrate some aspects of maths visually for those who need to see it in action.
IXL can be accessed from any computer, tablet or mobile device with your child's log-in details - please ask their class teacher if you would like a copy of these to keep at home.
Please note, as children move up the school, we are teaching them to calculate (add, subtract, multiply & divide) using 'formal' column methods. These are the 'old fashioned' methods many parents, grandparents and carers may already be familiar with. If you would like specific information about this in order to support your child, please speak with their class teacher to find out exactly which stage in this process they are currently working at: rushing the development of their written methods can have a negative impact in the long-term so it's generally best to ask if you are at all unsure.
Children are assessed in many ways, both formally and informally using a combination of on-going teacher assessments and formal tests. The results of these assessments are used to measure progress, enable teachers to plan appropriately and inform parents of their child’s achievements. Teacher assessment is carried out on a day-to-day basis and is an integral part of the teaching process. Class teachers use many different methods to find out about each child’s skills, knowledge and understanding; for example talking and listening to children, marking work and observing children as they work and play.
All children undergo nationally organised National Curriculum tests at the end of Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. The results from these tests is used to judge the impact of teaching in school and to make comparisons with other local schools or similar schools nationally.
Information about all assessments is shared with parents during consultation evenings and in the annual school report.
Subject Leader: Mr. Warren