At Filby Primary School, we aim to ensure that every student leaves our school with a deep understanding and knowledge of mathematical concepts and an enjoyment of maths. Our children will become confident mathematicians by securing number fluency through varied and frequent practice of the fundamentals of maths. They are encouraged to become responsible learners by learning key mathematical facts (number bonds, multiplication facts, measures facts) that enable them to develop key life skills such as money sense. We are an inclusive school and believe that every child is a mathematician regardless of their starting points and believe that no child should be left behind. Our lessons are designed so that all can achieve. By encouraging a growth mindset, children aspire to apply their learning to successfully solve routine and non-routine problems using a variety of strategies. By working together they learn to respect and value each others’ ideas and strategies.
What does Mathematics look like at Filby?
Manipulatives used in maths
It is important that any new learning in maths is underpinned by good, conceptual understanding. Across the school, from Reception to Year 6, we use manipulatives (concrete resources) to introduce and embed concepts. These resources include: Numicon, beadstrings, Dienes (place value) blocks, place value counters and Cuisenaire rods.
It is important that children are taught efficient methods for working out calculations that cannot be performed mentally. These methods are taught using concrete manipulatives and pictorial images first so that children can understand the structure behind the process. Formal written calculations are taught from Year 3 where appropriate to the year group expectations.
The policy has been adapted from White Rose Maths to reflect what we teach in school.
Overview for the year:
In Reception, the children are taught maths through short, whole class lessons, small group work and through continuous provision. All maths is taught with practical resources and through games and rhymes.
In Key Stage 1, the children are mostly taught together as a class with appropriate support and challenge to ensure that they reach age-related expectations. On occasion the children will be split into year groups and taught separately.
This year in Key Stage 2, we are able to teach children maths in their year group for the majority of lessons. Due to the pandemic over the last two years and children's varied experiences of face-to-face teaching, we are following the NCETM guidance overview. This incorporates some mathematical concepts from previous years as well as year group specific mathematical content. This will ensure that any gaps in children's learning can be identified and addressed so that they are ready to progress through the curriculum.
Please note that class teachers have the ultimate decision (based on what they know about their class) as to whether some maths topics should be brought forward and so taught in a slightly different order.