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Maths

Maths at The Cathedral School of St. Mary!

Intent Statement

Mathematics is essential in everyday life. We have a strong desire for all children to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically, and to work systematically and accurately– all valuable skills that help children to make sense of the world around them. We believe all children should enjoy their maths lessons and that all children can achieve in maths.  Offering our children a rich and progressive mathematics curriculum is at the forefront of everything we do. We use a range of learning strategies to allow all our children access and enjoy maths and support them to become confident mathematicians who are able to use high-quality mathematical dialogue in the classroom.  Throughout the school, we use our mastery curriculum to develop fluency and deepen thinking; moving through different representations of mathematical ideas so that our children see mathematics as an interconnected subject. Children are guided and supported in developing number skills, graph work and skills relating to shape and measure. We want our children to see the importance and purpose mathematics has in their everyday lives.

Implementation

At The Cathedral School of St. Mary, we passionately believe that mathematics should be fun and rewarding for all children. As such we endeavour to make our work in mathematics engaging for all learners.

Having been a school that followed the White Rose scheme, our curriculum is now mapped by the Power Maths scheme of work which is inline with the Trust's vision. The curriculum is broken down into small manageable steps in order to ensure that each lesson has a clear focus and helps children understand concepts by following a carefully planned sequence of lessons. This avoids the cognitive overload that can occur when too many concepts are covered at once and ensures that each lesson contributes to the long-term goal. Within each lesson, children have the opportunity to acquire, practice, apply and deepen their knowledge and skills as appropriate. Pupils who understand concepts quickly are challenged by being offered rich and sophisticated problems to deepen their understanding. Concepts are revisited over time so that children can reinforce them and embed them into their long-term memory.

When introduced to a new concept, children have the opportunity to follow the concrete – pictorial - abstract approach. Concrete objects and manipulatives help them understand what they are doing. Alongside these, children use pictorial representations that can be used to help reason and solve problems. Concrete and pictorial representations then help support children’s understanding of abstract methods. During maths lessons, children will also have the opportunity to develop their reasoning skills, orally and written. When reasoning, children are encouraged to support their reasoning with mathematical proof.

Our model follows the Power Maths progression within a lesson. This model is designed to enable pupils to “keep up” not “catch up”.

Power Up - Children will complete 5 power-up questions at the start of each of their maths lessons. These are a mixture of questions that allow children to quickly recap and recall information. Teachers will then use additional adults to provide intervention in areas that the children may not yet be confident in. Once the Power Up has been completed, a 'Discover' set of questions allows teachers to quickly identify whether children need an input, independent tasks or further support . Teachers then model the learning using an ‘I do, we do, you do’ approach before pupils are given time to answer questions independently. The teacher then has time to mark the children’s work and group the children based on how they answered the questions. The aim is to give extra support to the children who require it, ensuring all children reach a certain level of understanding by the end of the lesson. This prevents an achievement gap from forming. Whilst the teacher addresses misconceptions with the intervention group, the teaching assistant supports the rest of the class in deepening their understanding of the concept through reasoning and problem solving.

TT Rock Stars is used enthusiastically from Y2 to Y6 with children taking part and competing in a variety of Times Table Rock competitions. 

Impact

As we firmly believe that maths is an essential everyday life skill that they rely on in many areas of life, we want to ensure that our children understand the relevance and importance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts. We aim for our children to be fluent in mathematics with a sound conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.  Our children should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.  Our children demonstrate a positive view of maths due to learning in an environment where maths is promoted as being an exciting and enjoyable subject in which they can investigate and ask questions; they know that it is OK to be ‘wrong’ and that this can strengthen their learning because the journey to finding an answer is most important. Children are confident to ‘have a go’ and choose the equipment they need to help them to learn along with the strategies they think are best suited to each problem.

Assessment takes place at three connected levels: short-term, medium-term and long-term. These assessments are used to inform teaching in a continuous cycle of planning, teaching and assessment.   Teachers will assess children’s understanding, achievement and progress in mathematics using daily assessments, these are based on observations, questioning, quizzes and the marking and evaluation of work.  

At the end of Key stage 2, it is our aim that our children reach or exceed age related expectations in mathematics, in line with national outcomes.

We love our Maths learning here! Explore our Maths web pages to find out more! 

Below you will find our Yearly overviews for each year group. These are taken from Power Maths, the scheme that we follow. 
The following documents help show the matching of Power Maths materials to both the National Curriculum and the White Rose Maths scheme. 
POWER MATHS PROGRESSIONS
We fully value the importance that times tables knowledge has on learning mathematical concepts in Key Stage 2. We subscribe to Times Tables Rock Stars which encourages children to know their tables facts rapidly. We also have a school initiative called Times Tables Travels - where each child tries to navigate around the world, ticking off countries as they achieve more times tables knowledge. 
VIDEOS TO HELP YOU AT HOME
 
The NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) has a series of videos designed to help with the teaching of all aspects of the maths curriculum.  Check out the videos at this link.