Mathematics Statement of Intent, Implementation and Impact
At All Saints’, Mathematics is led by Mrs C Woods whose passion for Maths led to a BA (Hons) Business and Finance degree and a career in Retail Merchandising before retraining to teach. Mrs Woods is a member of the North West Maths Hub and TARDIS Maths Cluster group.
At All Saints’ we aim to equip our children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics by presenting them with conceptual and procedural variation of tasks. We aim for our children to be able to recall and apply key number facts obtained in each year group (such as times tables, associated divisions and number bonds) to increasingly more complex problems including real-life problems.
We want our children to have a love for Mathematics and to appreciate how many elements of maths are crucial, transferable life skills. We want our children to make strong connections between mathematical concepts and use these to support their learning and understanding across other subject areas especially Science.
We aim for our children to explain and reason their Mathematics confidently to justify, argue or proof a line of enquiry using developed Mathematical vocabulary. We aim for our children to be the problem solvers of the future, who persevere, embrace challenge and enjoy the feeling of success.
In line with our Biblical Root, 'We Are God's Handiwork' we aim for our young mathematicians to be able to problem solve as future critical thinkers and to manage future finances prudently and responsibly, to be able to analyse data and organise their lives in an ethical and responsible way.
At All Saints, our quality first daily Maths lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Our teachers follow the White Rose Maths Scheme of Work, using the small steps to ensure that the children understand key elements before moving on. Our teachers use the White Rose Maths materials and supplementary materials. A variety of teaching styles are used with concrete materials and manipulatives (such as Dennes, place value counters and cubes) being used at the start of topics and supporting pupils when needed. Our children can choose to use these materials freely. We encourage our children to create pictorial representations to support their calculations before moving onto abstract number sentences. Our children are encouraged to use ‘talk for Maths’ and explain their answers using STEM sentences. The children’s progression is assessed termly using PUMA tests.
As well as the daily Maths lesson, Basic Skills lessons take place every day for half an hour. In these sessions, the children practice key facts and strategies already taught, and learn new skills. Progression is assessed at the end of each half term using a Basic Skills test. Each week a Times Tables focus is planned to give children the opportunity to practise and improve their rapid recall skills with facts 12x12. All children also have access to their own personal account of ‘Times Tables Rockstar’ where they can compete against other pupils and classes in school. They also use www.timestables.co.uk to practice times tables and gain rosettes, trophies and certificates along the way. Weekly homework includes practicing times tables for all of the junior classes.
We aim for our fun, engaging and challenging Maths lessons taught by confident, knowledge rich staff to equip our children to be confident mathematicians. We want our children to:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
· reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations.
· solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication.
To ensure that standards are being met across school, the Mathematics Subject Leader will undertake monitoring in the form of:
- Lesson observations and feedback
- Learning walks
- Pupil interviews
- Book scrutinies with teacher feedback
- Analysis of QLA data on a termly basis
- Analysis of QLA data on Basic Skills on a half termly basis