At Easingwold Primary School, Mathematics is at the forefront of our curriculum. We believe being numerate, able to reason and having an aptitude for problem solving is a vital part of your child's development as it embeds essential skills the children need for their successful adult lives. We are passionate about teaching Maths and there is a daily buzz within lessons as the children take on new challenges and refine their understanding. Our staff set the highest of expectations for the children, while ensuring they have a solid knowledge upon which they can build and achieve mastery within the subject. Where possible, staff engage the children through cross-curricular learning, while Maths lessons are focused upon the mathematical curriculum content. Curriculum coverage is overseen by the Mathematics subject leader and standards in learning are regularly monitored by the Mathematics leader and the senior leadership team to ensure our children achieve their potential.
Our Maths learning
Across our whole school, children engage with practical apparatus, visual representations, rich vocabulary and exciting challenges. We encourage the use of a wide range of apparatus to support children in their understanding of more abstract concepts. In KS1/2, we regularly equip the children with efficient written methods, which support their accuracy when completing fluency questions such as those involving the four operations. The written calculation methods that we use in school are attached below to help you support your child with the current method they are learning in school. We ensure that there are reasoning and problem solving opportunities within each lesson, with some lessons focussing purely upon these skills. We launch new topics using a mastery approach where we employ a 'keep up not catch up' approach. Once deep within the learning, we cater for individual need through carefully differentiated children's choice sheets. Often, it is the children that drive their learning forward by choosing the level of challenge appropriate to them.
In addition to the Maths learning within the main lesson, we also have mental maths sessions to support the improvement of quick recall and strategies to calculate quickly within their heads. These lessons encourage children to find and learn related facts, count in a wide variety of ways and develop their number sense. This opportunity to enhance their arithmetic skills in turn supports them with the longer and more difficult multi-step problems. ICT programmes such as Sumdog and Times Table Rockstars enthuse the children and quicken their response, while helping them to secure their key facts. At Easingwold Primary School each child is provided with a subscription to these popular Maths websites (Please see links below). We run successful daily Maths interventions, which provide additional support to those children who would benefit from more time learning a mastery concept.
In EYFS, the children engage in learning a new mathematical concept and then they go on to work in a guided group with their teacher, teaching assistant or have the chance to explore their new learning collaboratively and through play.
Assessment and achievement
The children are assessed daily in Mathematics by their teachers. Teachers respond to areas children are particularly challenged by through focused group work and instant verbal feedback. Live marking drives the learning forward quickly and eradicates misconceptions. At other times, the children have written responses to their work which they respond to to ensure that they are moving forward. Children are rewarded for excellent work with EPIC points, been chosen as a shining star of the week or receiving a golden letter.
Within a ten weekly cycle totalling three times a year, children sit a Mathematics test. This helps teachers to assess if a child is in need of further support (please see Mathematics policy for details). Furthermore, year 6 and year 2 will sit additional tests to help them to prepare for the end of key stage tests.