Our aim at Fishergate Primary School is for all children to enjoy mathematics and create inquisitive and knowledgeable mathematicians, ready for secondary school and beyond. We teach using a mastery approach, ensuring that the foundations of mathematics are embedded early in our children’s school lives, then build on these using engaging and, where possible, real life contexts throughout their academic journey.
Our Long Term Planning is developed from the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 and from the Early Learning Goals for the Early Years. Teachers’ planning makes use of a range of other resources such as NCETM spines, White Rose Small Steps and Mastering Number. These support teachers in developing carefully planned lessons to create a coherent curriculum. In Early Years, children experience a mixture of whole class teaching, group inputs as well as Maths being carefully woven into areas of provision.
Throughout school, children are encouraged to use concrete materials, pictorial and abstract representations to expose the Maths concept that is being taught and to deepen their understanding.
During lessons, children are seated specifically to promote rich mathematical discussion. This ensures there is no limit to children’s outcomes, whatever their starting point. High expectations and excellent subject knowledge ensure that all children are challenged. Children’s work is either live marked or marked quickly to ensure that misconceptions are addressed so children can access the next lesson.
Children at Fishergate develop a growth mindset and positive attitudes towards Maths. Children learn in an inclusive and supportive environment where resilience is fostered and mistakes lead to a deeper understanding.
Children are regularly assessed to inform planning and shape interventions.
Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support their children with Maths at home and celebrate their child’s achievements.
- Click here to read our Maths Policy on our Policies & Documents page
- Click here for planning and progression documents in all subjects, including maths.
- Click here to view the National Curriculum Mathematics Programmes of Study
- https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/42863 – We regularly use TTRS in school and the children love it!
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/maths – A fantastic website from the BBC which is aimed at bringing you up to speed with all the key kills that students need to succeed at maths today. Thankfully the website manages to avoid being patronising, and instead offers clear practical help on aiding your child. Very good indeed!
- www.nrich.maths.org – These puzzles teach children how to think and solve problems for themselves, which are essential skills for success at maths and all subjects. Each puzzle comes complete with a worked answer and details of the thought processes involved.
- www.ictgames.co.uk – Some really, really good games here. And all free!
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z6pfb9q – This site has traditionally been aimed at KS3/4 pupils but there is lots of useful stuff there, especially for upper KS2. There are plenty of notes, examples, interactive solutions, and questions for pupils to have a go themselves.