Maths at Altofts Junior School
Our vision at Altofts Junior School is for all children to develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude to maths that will act as a foundation for the next stage of their education and adult life; to accumulate cultural capital in terms of developing the essential mathematical life skills required for most forms of employment, financial literacy and the challenges that the world presents. We want all of our children to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics 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.
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including persevering in seeking solutions.
How we aim to achieve our vision:
We provide a Maths Mastery curriculum developed to ensure every child can succeed in mathematics. Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. To ensure consistency and progression, the school uses the DfE approved ‘Power Maths’ scheme.
New concepts are shared within the context of an initial related problem, which children are able to discuss in partners. This initial problem solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning.
Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning.
The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving a variety of similar themed problems.
Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems.
The Power Maths scheme is fully aligned with the White Rose Maths framework which means that topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time.
Running alongside the Power Maths lessons children also have weekly sessions to support fluency and recall of number facts. Times Tables are explicitly taught to Years 3 & 4 while Years 5 & 6 concentrate on appropriate number facts and mental arithmetic. This is supported through daily Times Table Rock Stars practice using tablets and a weekly times table test together with board tasks during morning or afternoon registration. Times Tables Rock Stars is also used by all year groups for weekly maths homework.
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