Mathematics is a key subject in the curriculum, it gives children skills and concepts, which enable them to process, classify and quantify their experiences.
Mathematics skills are used throughout our daily lives. Without these basic numerical skills children would be disadvantaged in many areas of their lives. Thus it is our role to equip the children with these vital skills.
Children should be encouraged to enjoy maths, becoming more self-motivated and confident in all areas of maths.
Children should become aware of the importance of maths all around them and become more able to use and apply their knowledge and skills in practical ‘real life ‘situations and in other areas of the curriculum.
Maths will be taught in Reception as an integral part of topic work covered during the year.
As the Reception class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the mathematical aspects of the children’s work to objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals (ELGs), which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged nought to five.
Children will be provided with play and practical situations to encourage their mathematical development.
Key Stages 1-3
The ability range encountered in KS 1-3 Mathematics at Moor Hey covers a very broad range, from P levels to NC Level 5. This range of abilities may be encountered in any of the classes, in any of the Year Groups within the school. Therefore to ensure we meet the needs of the pupils, we are presently streaming the pupils in KS3 into 3 ability groups. These groups can be altered as needed so that the pupils are correctly placed in the appropriate group for their ability. In order to ensure progression between lessons and coverage of all objectives, as well as assisting and encouraging appropriate differentiation within lessons the Medium Term Plans follow the pattern suggested in the National Strategy Framework for SEN pupils.
Guidance on mathematics planning
The planning structure for each year is organized as below. The structure is the same for each year group. Each year group follows the same block. Each block has incorporated into it objectives from the Using and applying mathematics strand and from two or three of the other core strands.
Long Term Overview for Mathematics
Teachers will devise their own short-term plans and teach towards the lesson objectives as detailed in the medium term plans using a combination of resources.
Key Stage 4
All pupils follow AQA Entry Level, linear course in Mathematics and pupils who are achieving at Level 4 and above at the end of Key Stage 3 are given the opportunity to study the Edexcel GCSE course in mathematics.
Teaching and Learning Styles
A variety of approaches will be used.
- Practical work
- Talking by the teacher
- Discussion between teacher and pupils
- Discussion between pupils themselves
- Consolidation and practice
- Problem solving
- Practical application of mathematics to everyday situations
The children’s learning experiences will be organized through various methods and styles - individual, group work and whole class - using a wide variety of resources including books, microcomputers, calculators, mathematical instruments and concrete materials.
Pupils will be continually assessed by the teacher through marking of their work and listening to their responses during lessons. Also pupils will be encouraged to assess and evaluate their own progress with the help and direction of the teacher in charge.
To assess and track pupils progress we use PIVATS and B Squared. This Assessment is rag rated and recorded twice during the academic year. Intervention strategies are implemented for the pupils who need assistance to reach their set targets.
Enjoying Maths on World Book Day
Investigating Capacity & Making Potions - KS3