Maths: Our Approach to Teaching Maths and Calculation Strategies
We use the White Rose Maths scheme for the teaching of maths from Reception to Year 6, which follows the mastery approach to learning. At the heart of White Rose Maths is the belief that all children can achieve. It is built around a child centered lesson design that models and embeds a growth mindset approach to maths.
White Rose Maths is structured around a whole class interactive teaching model that focuses on helping all children to build a deep understanding of maths concepts and confidence in maths.
For each year group the curriculum strands are broken down into small steps that build on prior knowledge to help children develop a deep and robust understanding of the concept before moving on.
Opportunities are provided for same day intervention if required, and time is made to undertake reasoning and problem solving activities.
In addition, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the NCETM Maths Mastery Number Programme.
Each lesson is divided up into 4 key parts:
Lessons are to follow a 4-part structure:
1) Flashback (5 mins) Questions: what learnt yesterday, day before yesterday, last week, last unit.
2) Intro - L.O and state WHY we are learning this – RELATE TO REAL LIFE SKILLSET IF POSSIBLE (ie. We are learning about percentages so you can calculate discounts when you are shopping or budgeting). Guided practice.
3) BE COURAGEOUS, RESILIENT and INQUISITIVE: Independent or group tasks in workbooks. (Varied timings, dependant on age and need of pupils) Extension challenges/problem solving available to deepen understanding.
4) BE COLLABORATIVE: What have we learnt today? What do we know now that we did not know at the start of the lesson? Could use tps here. Formative assessment eg exit pass. Then tell the children how we are building on today’s learning tomorrow.