Why do we do it?
At Dean Field, we are committed to raising the outcomes for children in each and every subject but especially the core curriculum subjects such as Maths. Mathematics plays a pivotal role within the overall context of the curriculum as it is based on patterns and relationships from the world around us as it can be and is applied in almost all other curriculum areas as well as real life situations. Our school wishes to give all pupils the confidence to make sense of the world in which they live, by the understanding of, and the ability to think and communicate in, the language of mathematics.
Our aims for Maths are that pupils can;
• have the quality teaching and resources needed for them to progress and achieve
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
How is it taught?
Throughout the year, Maths is taught and assessed over 8 main areas;
• Number- place value
• Number- addition and subtraction
• Number- multiplication and division
• Number- Fractions
• Geometry- Properties of shapes
• Geometry- Position and direction
• Statistics (key stage 2 only)
The mathematics taught at Dean Field is carefully planned out to follow the National Curriculum issued by the government and is taught for the most part in the same order. We believe that a secure understanding of number and place value is an important building blocks that must be in place before moving onto any other, more complex mathematics, hence why each teacher dedicates the most if not all of Autumn 1 term to teaching and developing their class’s understanding of number and place value.
At Dean Field, Maths takes place for an hour daily in classes 1-6. Work is differentiated to ensure we target each individual child’s needs. Within these lessons we aim to build on previous knowledge and scaffold the children to progress further and achieve the objective set by the teacher. Responsive teaching is implemented as much as possible in which teachers and teaching assistants are assessing the children within the lesson to ensure if they are struggling, that they can receive the help that is needed and any misconceptions are addressed before the end of the lesson.
How is it assessed?
The children’s books are marked on a daily basis to ensure the teacher has a good understanding of where the child is up to and can plan further lessons accordingly. Along with this, peer and self-assessment are important tools that are accessed during some Maths lessons in which the children will mark their own or others work with ‘pink pen’.
Other forms of assessment alongside the work that children are producing every day in books include half termly ‘NFER’ tests that are marked by the teacher to be able to show progress. The tests give a standardised and age standardised score to give the teacher a really clear picture of where the class are at. This is logged on our whole school assessment system ‘Target Tracker’ and also shared with parents at parent’s evenings and in end of year reports.
If your child is in Year2 or Year 6 they will also undergo a Maths ‘SATs’ test (Standard Assessment Tests). This includes an arithmetic paper and a reasoning paper and is taken nationally by every primary school child (with some exceptions). The school aim to prepare the children in these year groups for their SATs and we do not intend for it to be a time of stress or worry. Any preparation for these tests that can be done at home will be sent with the children and we really do appreciate the support of parents in getting their children to practice and access the materials sent home.
In order for the children to succeed to the best of their ability in Maths we need to ensure that we as teachers and parents are working in a partnership with the children’s learning at the centre. Each week the children will receive a piece of Maths homework to be completed and returned to school by the day stated by their teacher. Help and support with homework, as previously mentioned, is valuable and much appreciated tool to ensure the children are extending their learning beyond the classroom.
Each child 1-6 will also be issued with a login to a website named ‘Times table Rockstars’ which can be accessed from home. Rapid recall of times tables is crucial, especially as the children progress through school and this website that school subscribe to is a fun way of learning them. This will be especially beneficial as from the 2019 to 2020 academic year onwards, schools in England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check to year 4 pupils. The pupils who are currently (2018/19) in Year 2 will be the first cohort for this to happen to.