Maths

We use mathematics every day: from telling the time to handling money to reading timetables and so much more. It is vital to be numerate to participate fully in our community and in our world. Therefore, at Staverton school we aim to make sure every child has a rich and meaningful maths education. Through our teaching and learning of mathematics we aim to develop:

Positive Attitudes
We would like every child to have a love for and enjoyment of mathematics and, as educators, have high expectations of all learners and a belief that everybody can have success in mathematics. We aim to provide a challenge and sense of achievement for all pupils. We wish to create a positive learning environment where children can take risks and learn from their mistakes and will promote independence of thought, action and problem solving.

Fluency
It is important that all children at Staverton school become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice. Every child should develop a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

Reasoning
Children should be encouraged to explain, justify, question and prove when completing mathematics activities. They need to explore patterns, follow a line of enquiry, describe relationships, make generalisations and develop an argument. Teachers should promote the use of the correct mathematical vocabulary to enable mathematical talk. Stem sentences should be promoted in all key stages to help children grasp new mathematical language.

Problem Solving
Children should be confident in solving problems by efficiently applying mathematics to a variety of problems and be able to think logically and systematically.

Mastery
The school aims to cultivate a deep understanding of a range of mathematical skills and knowledge which can be used to explore, interpret, predict, explain and understand the world. We also aim to create opportunities for mathematics across all areas of the curriculum to make it meaningful, inspire creative thinking and allow opportunities for the application of skills and knowledge.

Our Schemes of Learning

Staverton now uses the ‘Maths No Problem’ Scheme for our Maths Curriculum. This scheme provides children with the opportunity to explore maths and develop their skills through a mastery approach involving concrete, pictorial and abstract ideas and problems.

Lessons have a clear structure where children explore a problem independently, are taught skills new skills, practice these skills through guided learning opportunities before working independently.

Classes are taught as single year groups for Maths. (NB: Due to numbers, Kingfishers class is taught as a mixed year group by the Maths Leader).

Further information about our scheme can be found in the link below.

https://mathsnoproblem.com/

Mastering Number at Staverton

Staverton our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 classes are taking part in Mastering Number, a project run by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

Times Tables at Staverton

At Staverton, we recognise the importance of our children having a secure grasp of times table facts. In Key Stage 2, children are taught times tables every day. Below is a document explaining this process.

At the end of Year 4, children sit the Multiplication Check. This is a National test undertaken in July. The test is computer based and consists of 25 multiplication questions. Children have 6 seconds to answer each question. There is currently no pass mark for this check. As a school, have taken the decision that those children not achieving at least 20 marks (80%) in this check will receive additional times table intervention in Year 5 to help them meet the necessary standard.

Times tables are also taught in Years 5 and 6 to ensure that the children receive on going practice in the more challenging times tables.

Need more practice? Below are the Tables Challenge booklets for the Core Times table facts.

Below are the booklets for the Red times table facts.

Calculation

Please note: this policy will be subject to review following the switch to our new scheme of learning ‘Maths No Problem’ in September 2022.

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