At Raynham, we enthuse children’s love of maths through a creative approach to learning that is rich in making cross-curricular and real life links so that learning is meaningfully contributing to children’s transferable life skills and love of learning. Through their journey in school, children continuously develop and build their mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills using concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches (CPA), supporting them to retain their knowledge in their long term memory.
At Raynham, we implement the National Curriculum: Mathematics Programme of Study (2014), which underpins the mathematical learning at our school for Key Stages 1 and 2 aimed at developing children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving to build their depths of understanding and mastery of maths. Early Years follows the Early Years Framework (2021), developing and securing children’s knowledge and depths of understanding of numbers up to 10 with exposure to numbers up to 20, including subitising, 1:1 correspondence, patterns and connections to real life.
Our school aims for children, in line with the national curriculum, are to:
- To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- To reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- To solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Our Approach to Teaching and Learning Mathematics
Medium term plan overviews are adapted in line with the school’s vision and aims. They build on the following:
- White Rose Hub, NCETM, NRich
- CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract) and links to intelligent practice
- practical and active learning opportunities, including cross-curricular and creative approach
- developing oracy in Maths and making real life connections in the local environment and the world around them
- developing times tables and arithmetics skills, including using Rockstars Times Tables and Maths Shed.
Scheme of Work – teachers are planning alongside resources from the White Rose Hub scheme using adapted Medium Term planning to guide them, incorporating a range of CPA and active learning strategies. In EY and KS1, we are currently trialling the Mastering Number programme in collaboration with NCETM.
In line with developing Fast Feedback in Maths, the framework in Figure 1 provides guidelines for the structure of the maths lessons.
Maths lessons are taking place daily, with additional daily Mastering Number sessions in EY and KS1 and arithmetics and timestables sessions in KS2.
Figure 1 – Fast Feedback in Maths Framework
Children get weekly homework, a combination of paper and online, through Google Classroom to consolidate their learning in school. In addition, we actively encourage our children to practise their timestables and arithmetics through Rockstars Timestables and Mathshed. Children participate in a range of competitions, such as England Rocks and are enthusiastic about earning Rock Hero badges. Children get the opportunity to earn certificates in Well Done assemblies to celebrate their successes and efforts to regularly practice, improve and develop their mathematical and calculation skills.
See the links below to Rockstars Timestables and Mathshed.
Click on the links below to see our maths and calculation policies.
Click on the links below to see what your children should know by the end of each year group as well as how the National Curriculum objectives in line with the White Rose Hub Scheme of work are adapted in our school into Medium Term Plans for each year group.
Click here to visit the White Rose Hub website
Click here to visit the NRICH website
Click here to read the National Curriculum Statement for Mathematics.
What can you do to help your child at home?
The below links give parents and carers information about learning maths at Raynham, which was shared during Maths Parents/Carers sessions.
Here are some additional resources you could use at home to get your children excited about maths through games:
If you would like to learn more about the different maths topics, you can access short video sessions with Michael Underwood featured on the White Rose Hub website.