Maths at Ashleigh
At Ashleigh Primary School, it is our intent that all children will become confident, successful Mathematicians who are resilient and solution seeking. Our children will have a thorough understanding of Mathematics and the mathematical world around them. Our pupils are at the centre of everything we do in Mathematics.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Ashleigh, we use White Rose Maths which enables us to increase each child’s confidence in maths through a varied and integrated approach whilst ensuring the process is both enjoyable and purposeful. Maths lessons take place for at least 5 hours each week. This may be as a daily lesson or could be blocked over a morning to allow longer investigative work to take place.
Understanding of concepts is developed in several ways:
- modelling and imagery (e.g. a number line to order numbers or to demonstrate addition/subtraction)
- practical application of skills through meaningful and relevant mathematical tasks
- developing fluency through the use of mental methods (e.g. rote learning of multiplication tables)
- interaction with/between pupils (e.g. discussing methods/explaining solutions)
- practising/applying concepts (e.g. through investigative work/problem solving)
Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding are therefore taught through a variety of activities including:
- written calculations practice/arithmetic
- visual, auditory and kinaesthetic games
- problem-solving and investigational tasks
- practical work
Opportunities to extend concepts and apply knowledge across the curriculum are readily taken; as is the use of ICT to support and facilitate learning. We expect children to learn multiplication tables both by rote and as instant recall of multiplication and division facts
Ashleigh Maths Team