From Pre-Nursery to Year 2
Maths Mastery is our continued commitment in raising children’s understanding, confidence and fluency in maths, leading them towards raised levels of success, achievement and attainment.
At St Gregory and St Patrick’s Catholic Infants School our intent for mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum using Maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area. Teachers and governors are kept regularly informed of developments in our frequently reviewed curriculum. Teachers are supported and aided in their roles ensuring confidence in the skills and facts they are required to teach. Small step lessons are child focused and maths is kept fun and current in school.
Our intent for our curriculum is to allow children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life. Our policies, resources and schemes support our vision e.g. our calculations policy, White Rose Maths resources, Master the Curriculum resources, Primary Stars resources, NRICH resources, I see reasoning resources, and NCETM Teaching for Mastery.
The mapping of Mathematics across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Pupils are challenged and we believe in a child led approach whereby pupils can take ownership of their learning, choosing their own level of task whilst those who are identified as SEND or underachieving are supported completely, revisiting learning where needed.
Mathematics in our school is enhanced by our individual class working walls and STEM sentences designed to aid children through each topic.
Subject expertise allows the intentions of our mathematics curriculum to be executed successfully. CPD is important in maths and all staff are being encouraged to raise any issues they have within mathematics in order to ensure everyone is confident in what they teach. Good practice is always shared between staff and all CPD is used to inform teaching and learning across school.
Key staff have attended training through the North West Maths Hub and there have been several staff meetings for professional development, focusing on lesson design, marking, fluency, progression, CPA, variation, problem solving and reasoning. Resources and equipment are audited and up to date and our resources allow us to better use models and images to support learning in each area. Children are familiar with these and able to access them independently, where needed, also supporting learning in different contexts.
Staff have several materials to refer to for short-term planning including White Rose Maths, master the curriculum, I See Reasoning, NRICH and NCETM Teaching for Mastery – these are used across KS1 and in EYFS allowing children to be exposed to a variety of different types of learning and problems. Teachers also implement the schools agreed calculations policy for progression in written and mental calculations and curriculum map for progression in skills. Formative assessment is incredibly important at St Gregory and St Patrick’s where we focus on challenge questions (PUSH IT), analysis of learning, mini plenaries and discussion with peers. There is coherent progression seen in planning within each unit and activities in EYFS develop knowledge and skills of key learning.
Mathematical vocabulary is explicitly written within each year group’s weekly planning – this is discussed with children who are encouraged to use it independently. Children are given opportunity to reason and solve problems regularly; learning is varied and allows for deep and secure understanding. Identified ‘at risk of falling behind’ learners are given small group same day interventions, 1-2-1 and/or timetabled intervention in order to ensure every child is reaching their full mathematical potential. Our WRM mini assessment are reviewed at the end of each block and target children are selected for further support. Parents are informed of and encouraged to be involved in our school mathematics implementation through newsletters, website updates, maths homework, parent’s meetings, parent’s evenings and yearly reports. Teachers are also all available for parents to speak to both before and after school.
Teachers develop fluency through practicing key skills, repeating, reinforcing and revising which is all built into formal planning across the school. Children are given time to practice and perfect their calculation strategies including giving pupils opportunity to make appropriate decisions when estimating, calculating and evaluating the effectiveness of their chosen methods. Feedback including our whole class ‘next steps’ system is designed to ensure pupils are well informed and making visible progress.
Discussion is essential to our learning and time is planned into lessons for this, task types are varied to suit different pupils and their learning preferences whilst reasoning in writing remains one of our key focuses. Investigative tasks are designed to allow pupils to follow lines of enquiry and develop their own ideas, justifying and proving their answers. Children work both collaboratively and independently solving problems, which require them to persevere and develop resilience.
The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that children understand the relevance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts. We have fostered an environment where Maths is fun, and it is OK to be ‘wrong’ because the journey to finding an answer is most important. Our children have a growth mindset and they make measurable progression against their own targets.
Our maths books are packed with a range of activities showing evidence of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our feedback and interventions are supporting children to strive to be the best mathematicians they can be ensuring a greater proportion of children are on track.
Children ‘have a go’ and choose the equipment they need to help them to learn along with the strategies they think are best suited to each problem. Children are developing skills in being articulate and are able to verbally, pictorially and in written form reason well.
Maths curriculum Map: