At Newton Ferrers we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject.
We are currently working towards ‘Teaching for Mastery’ (NCETM: a set of pedagogic practices that keep the class working together on the same topic, whilst at the same time addressing the need for all pupils to master the curriculum and for some to gain greater depth of proficiency and understanding. Challenge is provided by going deeper rather than accelerating into new mathematical content. Teaching is focused, rigorous and thorough, to ensure that learning is sufficiently embedded and sustainable over time. Long term gaps in learning are prevented through speedy teacher intervention. More time is spent on teaching topics to allow for the development of depth and sufficient practice to embed learning. Carefully crafted lesson design provides a scaffolded, conceptual journey through the mathematics, engaging pupils in reasoning and the development of mathematical thinking.)
We identify every child as a mathematician and therefore offer a curriculum, which gives all children the opportunities to master age appropriate skills. We believe that making connections between skills is a key element to children understanding Maths and being able to use it widely.
Staff use ‘Small steps’ planning to develop a coherent ‘journey’ of learning, supported by a range of resources including NCTEM materials and ‘Maths No Problem’. Lessons are planned to support all children to master a skill and to move children forwards with their learning together. Maths makes a significant contribution to modern society and we believe that the basic skills of Maths are vital for the life opportunities of our children. We aim for our children to be able to think mathematically enabling them to reason and solve problems across a range of contexts. Throughout their Maths journey at school we want our children to develop a positive attitude towards the subject and to be able to build upon and make links between their prior experiences. By the end of KS2 we want children to have developed an ability to use and apply Maths across the curriculum and in real life.
Maths is taught daily in whole class lessons. Pre-teaching is provided in small groups, prior to class sessions, as a tool to support learners to be able to access new whole class learning. Pre-teaching can take different forms including addressing misconceptions, exploring vocabulary, securing precursor skills. For children who ‘rapidly grasp’ new concepts opportunities to develop depth in their learning are made available alongside core learning.
Language and dialogue are a key part of Maths lessons at Newton Ferrers Primary School, high quality discussion is valued and children are supported through targeted questioning and the use of sentence stems to structure talk. Children are encouraged to answer in full sentences, using sentence stems for support, to ensure they can verbalise their thinking.