At Gunter Primary we want children to be fluent in number, drawing from a range of mental and written strategies allowing them to become competent mathematicians as well as developing their problem solving and perseverance skills to become independent strategic thinkers. A consistent approach is followed throughout the school in terms of calculation methods and coverage. Each year group will study the National Curriculum objectives outlined, ensuring even coverage across the domains; opportunities will be available to further enrich mathematics through our creative curriculum, particularly in Science, Geography, Art and DT.
Mathematics in Key Stage 1 will focus on practical ‘concrete’ resources and examples to ensure mental fluency and develop a secure foundation in number. Resources will be available and accessible for children, enabling them to ‘choose and use’. Year 1 will follow a fortnightly timetable where maths is taught all morning, every other day. Years 2-6 will teach a one hour maths lesson daily.
Maths planning will first be taken from the National Curriculum objectives; a coverage chart of these objectives is available for each year group. Half termly assessments and ongoing assessment using our assessment tool TRACE will also inform planning. Objectives for number should be taught half termly; statistics, geometry and measurement termly (and where opportunities allow through the creative curriculum). Activities linked to the National Curriculum objectives must be planned using the Mathematics Scheme of Work; this includes references to Abacus, Ginn and Mathsworks textbooks, as well as ‘nrich’ practical activities, games and challenges. When completing work on formal written calculations, the school’s Calculation Policy must be followed.
The school’s planning proforma must be used by staff and uploaded every Friday, by lunchtime. Each lesson should be made up of three parts – teaching, doing /pupil involvement and intervention (this can be done in any order). The children will be split into 5 ability groups; during the week each group will have the opportunity to work with the teacher and teaching assistant as well as completing independent work. Each day, 1 group will be teacher led – this will involve teaching new skills, modelling and assessment opportunities. Another group will be following a teaching assistant led activity. The other three groups will complete independent work matched to objectives (individual, paired or group) including practical, games, ICT, challenge, recorded development of skills, problem solving, puzzles, systematic, trial and improvement. Work should be differentiated at least 3 ways. It is expected, for each child, that work should be recorded in books three times a week.
In addition to daily Maths sessions, the children will have one basic skills session timetabled weekly. The children are streamed across Key Stage 2 to complete the timed test and interventions are made by the teacher to tackle errors, misconceptions and modelling. Progress and scores are monitored half termly by the Maths Coordinator and children are reassigned groups as necessary.
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