Mathematics

Intent 

Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space, in their daily lives. 

The school will: 

  • Promote enjoyment of learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion 
  • Promote confidence with numbers and the number system 
  • Develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts 
  • Develop a practical understanding of ways in which information is gathered and presented 
  • Explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts 
  • Understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life 
  • Develop a range of mental methods for calculation. 
  • Develop a range of written methods for calculation. 
  • Develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts. 

Teaching and learning style 

Through careful planning and preparation, we aim to ensure that throughout the school children are given opportunities for: 

  • applying their learning to everyday situations 
  • practical activities and mathematical games 
  • problem solving and reasoning  
  • asking as well as answering mathematical questions 
  • mathematical reasoning, including making, testing and proving generalisations 
  • individual, group and whole class discussions and activities 
  • open and closed tasks 
  • a range of methods of calculating e.g. mental, formal and informal written methods 

To ensure consistency across the school, each member of teaching staff has a copy of the Calculation Policy (updated January 2020).  This shows the expectation for each year group and how the children’s skills progress through each year group.

Our School Calculation Policy: Calculation-policy STM

Children are taught maths within mixed ability class groups. Teachers have high expectations of all children, irrespective of ability, and encourage them to be successful and achieve their full potential. We achieve this through using a range of strategies and differentiated questioningWhere teaching assistants are available, they are used to support individuals or groups within the class. strategies. 

We use White Rose Maths to support teachers in planning lessons.  Please see the schemes of work below.

The school uses the CPA (Concrete Pictorial and Abstract) method:

This means that children are using practical equipment including Numicon, counters and dienes blocks to explain and model place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  The children are then shown how to use images to represent the equipment, e.g. circles for counters, before moving on to working directly with numbers.

In Key Stage 2 children are taught a range of strategies to develop quick recall of their multiplication tables, including a homework challenge and Times Tables Rock Stars (TT Rock Stars). https://ttrockstars.com/

At St Thomas More we follow National Curriculum.

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Update January 2021:

We have created a draft Mental Maths progression document that we will review July 2021

Mental Maths progression document

White Rose Maths planning documents used to support teachers with their planning:

Please click on the Icons below to take you to some useful sites for supporting your child with maths:

Some of our children working collaboratively in Maths: