At All Saints, we teach maths as a key skill for life, helping children to make sense of the world around them and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.
We do this initially through using the White Rose Hub scheme which links directly to the Primary National Curriculum. This takes children through small steps of learning, aiming to achieve the larger end of year learning objectives for their year group. Our teaching is driven by the White Rose Hub scheme but we also use ideas and activities from many other places, to develop the children's skills in becoming more confident mathematicians who can apply their learning to any challenge.
Children are encouraged to choose their own level of challenge within maths lessons. This supports the growing learning attitudes of our children which are based upon resilience, perseverance, motivation and, of course, a love of learning. We recognise that, however, that some children may need additional support within lessons while others may need more challenge and enrichment. We provide this through levels of adult and peer support, use of resources and differentiated tasks as appropriate.
Emphasis is placed on the conceptual understanding of maths, where children use concrete and pictorial methods to learn new concepts before moving onto the abstract. They develop their fluency, which in turn improves speed and rapid recall of calculations, such as times tables. Children also learn to solve mathematical problems and develop their reasoning skills. They also learn to explain and justify their thinking using challenging mathematical vocabulary.
Learning is organised into number blocks: place value, mental and written methods of addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, decimals, ratio and percentages. They are taught how to apply these skills and strategies to problem solving. Further blocks of learning are organised around the teaching of shape, measuring time, temperature, length, mass and capacity and handling data.
Home Learning is set regularly to support mathematical learning and we ask you to support and encourage your child with this. Children have individual accounts to use the computer program TT Rockstars to improve the fluency of times tables from Years 2-6 at home, which we know are crucial in many areas of maths. By the time the children leave Year 4, they should be able to rapidly recall all times tables up to 12x12.