Teaching for Mastery in Mathematics at Elms Farm School
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind we strive to ensure that children develop a positive, ‘can do’ attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their education. We aim to equip pupils with a set of key skills to understand and make sense of the world. These skills include: fluency with number facts; mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills.We want all our pupils to experience deep, sustained understanding so that they become happy and confident mathematicians.
We use the White Rose Maths schemes of learning and the guidance from ‘Power Maths’ and ‘Maths No Problem’ textbooks to help plan lessons and activities. The lessons are carefully structured to move in very small steps, and to include a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. This means, for each new skill taught, children will have the experience of using mathematical resources, such as counters, Numicon and base 10 equipment. In their books pupils will record their learning pictorially as well with calcualtions.
The following documents have been included for reference for parents: yearly overviews for each year group of the White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning; NCETM Calculation Policy; National Curriculum Glossary (NCETM) and National Curriculum Programme sof Study.