Mathematics at North Fawdon Primary School
Mathematics at North Fawdon
At North Fawdon, we believe that it is vital to foster positive, enthusiastic and resilient attitudes towards maths, and that maths is a successful experience for all learners. We are dedicated to providing all children with a wide range of purposeful, well-planned and cross-curricular mathematical activities and experiences that are matched to need whilst providing challenge and enjoyment.
‘The national curriculum for mathematics (2014) aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- can reason mathematically
- solve problems by applying their mathematics
At North Fawdon Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all children secure key number facts at, or before age-related expectations, including their times tables and number bonds. We believe that this will support them in becoming fluent and confident at mental calculations. Through regular investigation work, children are also given the opportunity to apply their knowledge and reasoning skills, whilst becoming resilient and successful problem-solvers.
A daily ‘Maths Meeting’ in each year group is aimed at developing fluency by allowing frequent practice of basic mental and written calculation skills and key fact recall. Misconceptions and gaps are also addressed in these sessions. Within the daily maths lesson, ‘Maths Master’ and ‘Digging Deeper’ challenges are provided to stretch and challenge all abilities and ensure exposure to a ‘mastery curriculum’. Children are also given regular opportunities in the classroom to be Maths Leaders, supporting, teaching and feeding-back to their peers about their learning.
Practical apparatus (including Numicon and Base 10) and visual models are integral to classroom practice at North Fawdon, helping children to move from the concrete to pictorial to abstract, and grasp a solid understanding of key maths concepts. At every opportunity, children are encouraged to see and make the links between these key concepts and between their learning in maths.
We also place great importance upon spoken language within maths lessons and key vocabulary is modelled and shared explicitly, with the expectation that children use this when talking about their maths.