Rationale & Ethos
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides: a foundation for understanding the world; the ability to reason mathematically; the resilience required for problem-solving; an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Old Town Primary School, we believe that the foundation of mathematical success is nurturing confidence, resilience and enjoyment in this essential subject. We strive to enable all pupils to make good progress through a balance of fluency, reasoning and problem-solving in every mathematics lesson. As a school we adopt a mastery ethos throughout the key stages (EYFS-Y6) which is demonstrated by the following key points:
*These ideals do not mean that pupils will never encounter difficulties but children’s work is assessed daily to judge when additional support may be required. Once a misconception or gap has been identified, teacher-planned support is immediately put in place. Extra teaching, modelling and explanation are judged to be the most time-efficient and impactful methods for securing good mathematical understanding for all children.
Planning & Resources
We use White Rose Maths long term plans for each Class (EYFS & Y1 – Class 1; Y2&3 – Class 2; Y4&5 – Class 3; Y6 – Class 4). These plans are based on the mastery principle of securing number first and foremost but maintaining an appropriate balance of shape, space, measure, statistics and handling data alongside. They also allow for several weeks per topic to deepen children’s understanding. To support the effective delivery of the long-term plans, all teachers use White Rose Maths tasks as core resources which provide high-quality varied fluency, reasoning and problem-solving opportunities for each of the statutory objectives in the National Curriculum.
For further detail, please view related curriculum policies on our main Policies page.
Schemes of Learning for the academic year 2020-21
We will be referring to the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning (with recap built in) from September 2020 which can be viewed by following the link below. The new White Rose Maths schemes provide additional support and guidance for teaching mathematics next year highlighting concepts to recap. We will also continue using the following schemes of Learning: Year 1 (alongside EYFS); Year 2 & 3 mixed-age; Year 4 & 5 mixed-age; Year 6. We use the schemes and supporting resources across all classes but it is expected that teachers will constantly use their own judgement and assessment to adjust planning according to the needs of their class. They may decide to spend longer on certain topics to secure understanding particularly on content that children may have missed between March-July 2020. The lesson-by-lesson overviews are also a useful tool but again we will use teacher judgement to adjust planning for our cohorts.