Here at Mercenfeld, we aim for all children to enjoy maths and to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world. We want to raise standards across the school and provide more opportunity to practise fluency skills; as well as answer and explain reasoning and problem solving activities. We want all children to experience challenge and success in maths by developing a growth mindset, the children’s curiosity and resilience for the subject.
Engaging activities, such as Times Tables Rock Stars, help to promote the enjoyment of maths whilst the important number skills are embedded within our maths lessons and developed consistently over time. Most maths lessons are delivered in accordance with the White Rose Maths small steps progression. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of mastery over time. This focus on depth eventually leads to greater progress because it gives all learners the chance to become secure in their understanding. A secure understanding of the fundamental skills needed in maths will help our children throughout primary school and to prepare them for the next stage of their education.
We use a variety of teaching methods and resources that allow all pupils access to maths. Children will be supported and challenged in lessons. With the use of images and practical equipment, our pupils can gain confidence as independent learners to use resources, record jottings and solve problems. A variety of manipulatives or apparatus can be used in the classroom whenever needed, including place value counters, ten frames, number lines, Numicon and Diennes.
Revisiting number skills plays a central role in helping to commit learning to long-term memory. In addition to daily maths lessons, children will practise their mental and arithmetic knowledge in order to reinforce and consolidate previous learning; increase fluency, speed and accuracy; and improve confidence. Regular use of Times Tables Rock Stars, Numbots, Fluent in Five, Flashback 4, Numberblocks and the PIXL app, both at school and at home, will enable children to practise and retain the number skills and strategies needed to be successful in their learning.