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, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Maths is taught every day at William Davis Primary School.
In the Early Years, the curriculum is guided by the Early Learning Goals which are taken from The Foundation Stage Curriculum. The language and understanding of mathematics is promoted in all areas of the nursery and reception. First-hand experiences, play and talk are seen as powerful mediums for learning.
In years 1-6 teachers use the National Curriculum which provides the guidance for the implementation of Maths. Teachers are aware of the age related expectations and the objectives that need to be covered in each year group. This ensures continuity and progression in the teaching of mathematics across the year groups. Children are taught mathematical knowledge and how to use and apply this across each strand in the Maths Curriculum: Number, including place value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Measurement; Geometry and Statistics. Each lesson is made up of whole class counting, an opportunity for children to do mental maths (independent starter), teacher lead introduction, group activities and a plenary to assess learning. The school has a calculation policy in place that clearly states how written calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division should be taught in every year group and how they should appear in maths books.
Formative assessment takes place in each lesson as teachers assess children’s learning and give feedback to help them to make progress. Teachers assess children at the end of each term using the National Curriculum attainment targets and strands.
Maths interventions are run by teaching assistants for children who have been assessed as working below age related expectations. The plan is that the children make accelerated progress in these interventions which then allows them to access the learning in their regular maths lessons.