Mathematics Policy 2019
Through a positive caring environment, we provide the opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. We embrace our Care, Grow and Shine values and ensure all children are ready for their next steps.
Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them.
The National Curriculum order for mathematics describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Combined with our Calculation Policy, this ensures continuity and progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics.
It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At Longton we use the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education. Assessment for Learning, an emphasis on investigation, problem solving and reasoning, and the development of mathematical thinking and a rigorous approach to the development of teacher subject knowledge are therefore essential components of the Longton Primary approach to this subject. Teachers us formative and summative assessments effectively to ensure progress and attainment is maximised.
We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum and high quality teaching to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.
Our pupils should:
- have a well-developed sense of the size of a number and where it fits into the number system
- know by heart number facts such as number bonds, multiplication tables, doubles and halves
- use what they know by heart to figure out numbers mentally
- calculate accurately and efficiently, both mentally and in writing and paper,
- drawing on a range of calculation strategies
- recognise when it is appropriate to use a calculator and be able to do so effectively
- make sense of number problems, including non-routine/’real’ problems and identify the operations needed to solve them
- explain their methods and reasoning, using correct mathematical terms
- judge whether their answers are reasonable and have strategies for checking them where necessary
- suggest suitable units for measuring and make sensible estimates of measurements
- explain and make predictions from the numbers in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables
- develop spatial awareness and an understanding of the properties of 2d and 3dshapes
Pupils are provided with a variety of opportunities to develop and extend their Mathematical skills, including:
- Group work
- Paired work
- Whole class teaching
- Individual work including 1:1 tuition as appropriate
Pupils engage in:
- the development of mental strategies
- written methods
- practical work
- investigational work
- problem solving
- mathematical discussion
- consolidation of basic skills and number facts
- maths games including use of techinology
- Cross curriculuar links
- Able and Gifted Mastery opportunitys
We recognise the importance of establishing a secure foundation in mental calculation and recall of number facts before standard written methods are introduced. We use accurate mathematical vocabulary in our teaching and children are expected to use it in their verbal and written explanations.
Mathematics contributes to many subjects and it is important the children are given opportunities to apply and use Mathematics in real contexts. It is important that time is found in other subjects for pupils to develop their Numeracy Skills, e.g. there should be regular, carefully planned opportunities for measuring in science and technology, for the consideration of properties of shape and geometric patterns in technology and art, and for the collection and presentation of data in history and geography. Ensuring strong cross curricular links between maths and other subjects is central to our curriculum.
We endeavour at all times to set work that is challenging, motivating and encourages the pupils to think about how they learn and to talk about what they have been learning. Additional enrichment opportunities are provided for pupils to further develop mathematical thinking e.g. through cooking, music, and maths investigations and games.
Teachers plan problem solving and investigational activities, following a mastery focused approach every week to ensure that pupils develop the skills of mathematical thinking and enquiry.
To provide adequate time for developing mathematics, maths is taught daily and discretely. Maths lessons may vary in length but will usually last about an hour. Daily Number sessions are incorporated into our EYFS provision.
At Longton we believe that if firm foundations are established in key mathematical concepts then children are able to develop a deeper and more cohesive understanding of complex mathematics as they grow and progress towards adulthood.
Written by Erin Leigh (January 2019)
This policy will be renewed 2020