‘Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.’
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 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.
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.
At Newton Ferrers we regard a mathematician as someone who:
- Understands concepts
- Is flexible with their thinking
- Can work in an organised manner
- Can show their understanding in different ways
- Can see relationships between ideas and generalise these
- Can make logical leaps throughout their learning
- Is reflective of their own learning
- Is creative and asks their own questions.
Staff use ‘Small steps’ planning to develop a coherent ‘journey’ of learning, supported by a range of resources including NCETM materials and accredited textbook materials. Lessons are planned to support all children to master a skill and to move children forwards with their learning together.
Maths is taught daily in whole year group 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.
Children in EYFS, are taught through the Mastering Number programme set out by the NCETM. The programme does not cover shape, space and measure so this is taught through planned directed sessions and continuous provision. The continuous provision is available for the children to access daily and includes a wide range of mathematical resources for children to explore and play with. Examples of this include; loose parts, puzzles and games.
“Seeing things in my head like bar models and number-lines helps me to solve problems in maths.” Year 6
“If I get numbers to add that I can’t do one way I might change the numbers around.”
“Talking about my maths thinking to my friend or teacher really helps me learn in maths.”
Maths Policy Appendix
How we are organising maths at Newton Ferrers 2022-23
Below is an overview of the topics taught over the course of each year group. You can also find reference to the key indicators that we use in school to support our understanding for whether your child is meeting the Age-Related Expectation.
Maths in the Early Years
Children’s understanding of number during preschool is consistently associated with their mathematical achievement in primary and secondary school. Mathematical achievement in turn is consistently found to be the strongest predictor of children’s overall school achievement and their success in entering the workforce.
(Early Intervention Foundation, 2018)
We are due to publish our EYFS curriculum shortly - watch out for this!
Please see below some useful resources to support your child.
Calculation and Representation Guidance
We are continuing to develop our Calculation and Representation Guidance that teachers use as a guide to support them in allowing children to make sense of the mathematical concepts taught. This can also be a useful document for parents should they wish to support their child from home, ensuring consistency with how concepts are taught using representations that are familiar to the children.
Newton Ferrers' NUMBER FACTS Fluency Approach
A key feature of our mathematics curriculum is the need to ensure all children have a secure and rapid recall of number facts, which will go on to support their future mathematics.