Maths is a fascinating and creative subject. It is essential for everyday life, a useful tool in other subjects such as medicine and banking and a rewarding subject to study in its own right.
At St Patrick's, we believe that all children are capable of being successful in maths with hard work and the right teaching.
We use a 'Teaching for Mastery' approach to maths. Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. The phrase ‘Teaching for Mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give children the best chances of mastering maths.
Some Key Features of the Teaching for Mastery Approach
Supporting all Children
By the end of Year Six, the National Curriculum states that children should be able to use formal written methods for addition & subtraction and for multiplication & division, for calculations that cannot be worked out efficiently using mental arithmetic.
These are the methods that parents may be familiar with from their own school days.
In some younger year groups, children may use methods that seem slightly different. These are used as 'stepping stones' to using the more formal, efficient methods. They help children to understand how the formal methods work.
For more information on our approach to calculation, please click here.
We follow the EYFS framework and National Curriculum which set out what children should know by the end of each key stage.
We use materials from the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics (NCETM) and the White Rose Maths scheme of work to plan our lessons.
Click the links to see our long term plans for each year group. This sets out what children are learning about during different times of the year. Please note, timing may vary slightly to suit the needs of children.
Fluency and Mastering Number
Children in Reception, Year One and Year Two take part in a daily 10-15 min 'Mastering Number' session, in addition to their normal maths lesson. This helps children to develop deep understanding of number, addition and subtraction. This will give them a firm foundation for maths in Key Stage Two.
Children in Key Stage Two also spend 15 minutes at the start of each lesson focusing on learning multiplication and division facts and understanding how to use these to solve problems. They also have a 'Times Table Rockstars' account so they can practise their learning at home.
North West One Maths Hub
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics supports schools in England to develop their maths teaching through local Maths Hubs. Our maths lead, Mrs Jordan, is a Local Leader of Mathematics Education and a Primary Teaching for Mastery Specialist and works for North West One Maths Hub to provide our staff (and staff from other schools) with regular professional development in teaching maths.
Evidence shows that improving the quality of teaching is the best way to improve children's success and enjoyment of maths.