At Colton Primary School, it is our intent to provide a high quality maths education for all pupils, by teaching them the essential skills and knowledge to develop an understanding of the world and to create a natural curiosity and love for maths. Throughout the school, the children engage in daily maths sessions to advance their learning. Maths at Colton Primary School is an enjoyable and rewarding experience for pupils and is designed to engage all learners. Lessons are planned and developed to equip the pupils with the necessary tools to become real mathematicians. Children are encouraged to consider and use different strategies and to learn from their independent mistakes. The school creates opportunities for both independent and collaborative work during lessons; through trying different strategies and approaches, they develop the skills of perseverance and resilience, as well as recognising the importance of working as a team.
As stated in the National Curriculum, all children must be able to access fluency, reasoning and problem solving during lessons. It is therefore essential that we as teachers provide the support needed for every child to reason mathematically and this is often evidenced during their problem solving activities.
At Colton Primary School, we use the White Rose Maths hub as a basis for our maths planning, which supports Teaching for Mastery. A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a pupil can represent it in multiple ways, has the mathematical vocabulary to communicate related ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
Mastery is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practise and application over time. At each stage of learning, pupils should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.