Implementation and Impact.
At Rushden Primary Academy we embrace the Mastery Approach to teach mathematics. Every year group follows the White Rose maths scheme. This ensures that a coherent, consistent approach is adopted in all year groups. The teaching blocks are broken down into smaller steps ensuring that significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. This means that all pupils can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered greater depth problems. Teachers provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. Children who don’t make expected progress are identified and interventions are put in place to support these children. We also use quality resources from other sources, including NCETM, Nrich and I See Maths. The children are also encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge including measurement and data handling to science and other subjects. The children in the Early Years Foundation Stage are taught new concepts as a class and then practical maths activities are available as part of the continuous provision.
Children practise maths facts each day, such as counting, number bonds and times tables to enable them to be fluent. Pupils are encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their work. Discussion in maths is often generated by the key questions ‘What do you notice?’ and ‘What's the same? What’s different?’ A wide range of manipulatives are used to reinforce understanding. Alongside this the children are encouraged to make pictorial representations before going onto the abstract. We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. All children will have opportunities to identify patterns or connections in their maths. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them by relating mathematics to everyday life. Teachers assess the children formatively as they are working, as well providing summative assessments at the end of a block or year, including KS1 and KS2 SATS, Year 4 Multiplication Check and PIXL papers.
Classrooms are equipped with learning walls to aid in maths lessons. The content of learning walls is flexible and contains key vocabulary, concepts and knowledge. Some of this is continually revisited and will constantly need to be on display while some will relate to current learning.
Out of school, children are encouraged to learn number bonds and times tables using the Times Table Rockstars and Numbots websites. Homework is set using the ‘Learning with Parents’ website which introduces the activities using a child led video and then the children have practical activities to try. The children are also encouraged to practise their maths fluency with parents, and work on achieving their Maths Passports.
This link from White Rose Maths outlines the progression in the different year groups:
At Rushden Primary Academy you will see engaged children who are all challenged. They have the skills to use methods independently and show resilience when tackling problems. They recognise relationships and make connections in maths lessons. They talk confidently about maths to their peers and teachers, using correct mathematical language to explain their ideas. They know how and why maths is used in the outside world and in the workplace. They can independently apply mathematical concepts to new problems in unfamiliar situations. They demonstrate a quick recall of facts, including the recollection of the times tables.