Our Maths Vision at The Pines
Children’s learning inspires them as they discover the magic in Maths; they experience a sense of wonder and fascination when exploring number. Children's knowledge is built upon firm foundations through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches and secure number fluency enables children to think deeply, make connections and notice patterns. Children are taught how to embrace challenges with determination, resilience and self-belief, working collaboratively to explore problems with real-life applications. Children are equipped to follow their mathematical aspirations.
“Mathematics is the most beautiful and most powerful creation of the human spirit.” Stefan Banach
Teaching Maths at The Pines
Maths at The Pines follows a mastery approach; children encounter new learning in a logical, ordered sequence following the White Rose Scheme of Work. Learning is split into small steps so that children gain a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts.
Children are given a range of opportunities to work on the following areas of maths: varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
During Maths lessons:
• A mastery approach is adopted
• Previous learning is revisited
• Fluency, problem solving and reasoning feature in every block of learning and in most lessons
• Every block of learning follows a concrete, pictorial and abstract model
• Key models are used throughout the school
• Whenever possible, new learning is introduced with a problem or real-life context
• Talk is consistently used to facilitate thinking and progress in learning
• Sentence stems and vocabulary structures are used to clarify children’s ideas
• Key vocabulary is highlighted and taught explicitly
• Maths working walls are used to support children’s learning
• Children and staff draw on a shared understanding of what makes a good mathematician and these values are promoted
All year groups are given regular opportunities to revisit past learning and to work on key fluency skills during Maths Meetings. These are daily, timetabled Maths sessions, often involving games, competitions, paired work and quick recall tasks. They are designed to be fun, fast paced and low stakes in order to help all children understand and gain quick recall of key ideas, for example number bonds, times tables, counting in varying intervals and more.
Each year group works on a few focus fluency objectives to give all children the opportunity to internalise the relevant maths knowledge and understanding.
Maths Meetings Objectives
Maths in the Wider Curriculum
Children learn best when they are able to make connections between their learning through a variety of experiences. Therefore, opportunities to apply maths learning and skills are woven throughout other curriculum areas, for example data handling in science, accurate measuring in DT, understanding weight or capacity in food technology and many more examples.