Maths at Grove Street Primary school
Mathematics 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, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
In September 2019, we introduced Power Maths into all our Maths lessons for KS1 and KS2 and a tailored version within E.Y.F.S. for all pupils during their daily Maths lessons. Mathematics in the Early Years is developed through planned, purposeful play and through a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activity. At Grove Street we encourage all children to build upon their prior knowledge and think carefully about the information they have to help understand HOW to apply their learning through daily recall of basic skills, understanding of key fluency skills, as well as reasoning and problem solving.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same time. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through deepening rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material are given opportunities to consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice in strengthening activities, before moving on.
Pupils also engage in weekly speed solve challenges with key skills from their year group identified by the next year group teachers as essential skills to succeed.
In September 2019, school introduced a new Maths teaching programme called ‘Power Maths’. This new approach to Maths aims to help children to deepen their knowledge of mathematical concepts and encourages them to explain their thinking.
Each mathematical topic is approached in the same way with the same three steps:
1. Practical – the children are encouraged to use concrete manipulative (equipment) to practically solve a problem. They are encouraged at this time to explain what they have used and why and what this is showing. By using practical equipment, the children begin to create pictures in their mind which they will be able to use and draw upon this ‘hands on’ learning in the future.
2. Pictures – the children then begin to draw pictorial representations of a problem to help find a solution. They are shown a range of models which they could use to show their thinking and are encouraged to record their pictorial representations in whichever way makes sense to them.
3. Number sentences – the final stage is to record their problem as an abstract number sentence and solve the problem that way.
We have been very impressed with the results so far and have seen a huge increase in the children’s confidence and ability to explain their thinking and give reasons for their answers as well as the number of children who are achieving A.R.E.
Power Maths in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage Two, the use of apparatus is still recognised as an important component to developing understanding of key concepts. Every child has free access to a range of equipment appropriate for the task at hand.
Peer coaching is also incorporated and used as an effective strategy to engage and encourage learning within Maths.
Supporting Maths at home
All pupils have access to TTRockstars and Numbots. Year 5 and 6 have their own login for Mathletics. Website such as Topmarks have lots of Maths games for all ages and abilities and Mathsbot is a website for digital mathematical resources whilst practising at home.
Please don't hesitate to speak to your child's class teacher if you have any questions about supporting your child with their Maths.
Below are links to our current Maths Intent, Implementation and Impact document, The National Curriculum programme of studies, our current calculation policy, end of year expectations for Years 1-6 and Yearly overviews. The timing and length of time spent on lessons throughout the year are susceptible to change based on teacher assessments of the pupils’ needs. Our Calculation policy is also currently under review in light of the introduction of Power Maths and will be fully updated shortly.