Mellor Community Primary School

Checketts Road.Leicester. LE4 5EQ.
Telephone: 0116-2946098 or 0116-2946099. Email:  office@mellor.leicester.sch.uk

 

Maths at Mellor

At Mellor Community Primary School, we plan mathematics using National Curriculum 2014, using the White Rose Mathematics Calculation Policy and supporting documents produced by the Maths Hub which clearly set out a model to a 'mastery' Mathematics curriculum.

Our mathematics curriculum equips pupils with tools that include the ability to calculate securely in all four operations, a comprehensive understanding of the number system, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is designed to enable children to learn key skills, practise, consolidate and apply them and then to master them. Children learn about mathematics wherever possible in a context so that they understand how it relates to real life.

During the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum, mathematics forms part of many interactive learning experiences. Pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration, discussion and reasoning. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 20 using songs and rhymes, which is extended to 100 and beyond during The National Curriculum in Key Stage 1. They work with shapes, learning their properties; use language to give positional clues and compare quantities, identify and recreate patterns. Mathematics in EYFS is very practical and includes indoor and outdoor learning.

During Key Stage 1, mathematics lessons include mental mathematics starters which are designed to be faster paced and enable children to calculate mentally as fast as they can. In their main lesson, they learn how the number system works and learn strategies for calculating with all four operations. Additionally, they learn about shape and space, through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They develop their use of mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

During Key Stage 2, children move to calculating fluently with all four number operations, moving to formal traditional methods throughout the Key Stage. Children use a wider range of mathematical language and are expected to articulate their reasoning about mathematics clearly, using precise mathematical language. A large focus is on problem solving and in all areas of the mathematics curriculum, reasoning skills are developed and built upon.

All year groups have Maths non-negotiables which we believe are essential in order for children to develop efficient fluency skills which they need to access the Maths curriculum. Acquiring these minimum non-negotiables will support children to reach and exceed the end of year expectations for their year group.

Aims

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Through our mathematics lessons at Mellor it is our aim to develop:

  • Enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
  • Confidence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills.
  • Securing and applying Mellor's maths non-negotiables across contexts
  • An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
  • An ability to solve problems, by applying their skills to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. To reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
  • An ability to reason mathematically and explain relationships using mathematical language.
  • An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
  • Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.

 

Teaching and learning style

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in mathematics lessons. Our principal aim is to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily mathematics lesson where children are given opportunities for:

  • Practical activities and mathematical games
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Open and closed tasks
  • Individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
  • Mental and written calculations
  • Using ICT resources as a mathematical tool
  • Using a wide range of support resources e.g. number squares, digit cards and number lines
  • Development of conceptual understanding through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods
  • Using and applying their learning in everyday situation