Mathematics at Laughton All Saints' C of E Primary School
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The National Curriculum
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
How we develop the fluency of key maths facts and skills at Laughton All Saints':
- Counting forwards and backwards is a daily feature of all oral and mental starters from F/S to Y6
- The concept of the inverse is constantly reinforced, especially through key facts – 25 X 4 = 100, 4 X 25 = 100
- Times tables are practiced regularly on the age-appropriate multiplication tables. Classes 2-4 have access to TT Rockstars at home, including games targeting focused, age-related tables. TT Rockstars is competitive and fun and leader boards are shared with children as an incentive.
- Arithmetic tests are completed termly from Class 2 to identify areas for development.
- Regular quickfire arithmetic to develop speed of written methods in KS2.
- Progression documents for each year group ensure that key skills are taught, revisited and embedded regularly.
- We have a Maths Passports scheme through school which tracks pupils' progress of key mathematical facts, while making links with home learning. You can see them here: Maths Passports
2. reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
How we develop mathematical reasoning at Laughton All Saints':
- Pupils are encouraged to take a risk in mathematics and appreciate that sometimes there is more than one correct answer.
- Children are encouraged to question and wonder before they investigate and justify their answers. They use stem sentences to ensure that answers are modelling in full sentences, to secure understanding.
- Our progression documents below, outline the national curriculum objectives for each year group. They also give examples of reasoning opportunities for each area of mathematical learning.
- In Key Stage 2, they are encourages to answer it, prove it and explain it (APE).
3. can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions
How we develop mathematical problem-solving at Laughton All Saints':
- RUCSAC steps are used for problem solving in all classes. See our Problem Solving Policy 2021.pdf
- Calculation is taught through number stories from F/S through to Y6.
- Estimation is taught explicitly to give children ‘a feel for numbers’ and the logical answer.
- Calculation is related to number, quantities and measures. Pupils are given opportunities for using and applying calculation.
- Strategies are constantly embedded through word problems, using and applying in real life context, number stories and mathematical investigations.
The national curriculum for mathematics reflects the importance of spoken language in pupils’ development across the whole curriculum – cognitively, socially and linguistically. The quality and variety of language that pupils hear and speak are key factors in developing their mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. They must be assisted in making their thinking clear to themselves as well as others and teachers should ensure that pupils build secure foundations by using discussion to probe and remedy their misconceptions.
Mathematical vocabulary for all other year groups is detailed on our progression documents below, ensuring that pupils are given opportunities to revisit and embed that from previous years.
Foundation Stage (Class 1)
This documents outlines the early learning goals (ELGs) for the foundation stage in mathematics and how we ensure a smooth transition onto the National Curriculum objectives, ensuring that pupils are 'Year 1 ready'.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)
Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4)
Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6)
If you have any questions regarding mathematics at Laughton All Saints' C of E Primary School, please get in touch with the subject co-ordinator, Miss J Stowell.