Our aim in teaching mathematics at Colvestone is to develop in children a love of number, pattern and shape that also equips them for later life whether they use maths in their career or in everyday life. Where possible, we teach maths in a cross-curricular way, for example through science, IT and design technology.
We aim to nurture happy, assured and resilient mathematicians who enjoy the challenge of maths.
Mental maths skills are taught daily through an early maths session. This is a short, pacey lesson with the emphasis on recall of number facts (e.g. times tables) or revision of mental strategies and mathematical knowledge (e.g. names of 2-D shapes).
We use the White Rose Mathematics Scheme of Learning to present new material in small steps, and the children practise after each step. Clear and detailed instructions and explanations are given: teachers think aloud and model each step for the children. We ask the children questions to check their understanding. The children then practise the new knowledge or skill and we guide them as they work. As the children become more independent, we introduce opportunities for them to solve problems and apply the learning to new contexts. We encourage children to work collaboratively and to explain their thinking.
This fluency gives children the ability to delve deeper into maths; to develop number sense and choose the most appropriate method for the task at hand; to be able to apply a skill to multiple contexts.
Our teaching is responsive, guiding children in their practice so that – over time – they know more and can do more. The learning is sequenced so that foundational knowledge is built on. Once new skills and knowledge have been learned, we promote long-term retention through class quizzes and homework tasks.