We aim for all of our children to be mathematically confident and have a love of Maths, that they can apply in their future lives. At each stage of learning, the children should be able to develop a deep understanding through our mastery approach, which is built upon over time, feeling successful, confident and eager to continue their learning.
A mathematician at Kirton Lindsey Primary is:
Enthusiastic and positive
Able to work with others
Able to learn from mistakes
Hard working and able to persevere
We intend to foster these characteristics by:
Creating lessons with meaningful connections to real life
Designing lessons which enable children to have deep and sustained understanding of topics covered
Ensuring our children have opportunities to be active in sessions, with plentiful opportunities for discussion and collaboration
Providing practical and hands on opportunities: concrete manipulatives available
Developing independent learners with inquisitive minds through opportunities for exploration
Embracing making mistakes as part of the learning process, and developing resilience in our learners by showing them that struggle can be overcome
Creating a vocabulary rich environment where talk for maths is a key learning tool
Having high expectations in our lessons through use of mathematical language and the belief that all children can achieve
Foster a fascination into the awe and beauty of maths
In Key Stage 1 & 2 Maths is taught daily. Our planning is based upon The White Rose Maths scheme and is adapted to meet the needs of each class. Our arithmetic programme complements this by providing opportunities to revisit previous learning. In each lesson there are opportunities for the children to :
Explore concepts using concrete, visual and abstract approaches
Work with others, using high quality mathematical vocabulary
Develop fluency of the concept/s being taught through a variety of representations
Reason, solve problems and apply their understanding in many ways
Opportunities for cross curricular mathematics can be found in other subjects, such as science, DT and even art.
Rigorous assessment is key to ensuring each child makes good progress. Work is marked daily and informs next steps. In each Key Stage 2 classroom, the children self mark their work to aid self assessment and independent learning. Misconceptions are picked up and addressed before the next lesson is taught. The children also have assessments at the start and end of units to monitor initial understanding and progress. More formal assessments are carried out termly (NFER) to help measure progress and analyse gaps in learning.
In response to the new times tables check at the end of year 4, we include a structured approach to teaching times tables which enables us to build on their times tables skills to reach mastery of all times tables by the end of year 4, with enrichment during the autumn term of year 5.
To support our teaching, we subscribe to the website TT Rockstars, which is a fun, interactive way for the children to practise their times tables and to prepare them for the Year 4 check.