Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools that are essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy in most forms of employment. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, at Rickleton Primary we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives.
It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At Rickleton Primary we use the new National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We also endeavour to make links throughout the curriculum in order for the children to understand the purpose of numerical concepts in a context.
We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding which could become barriers to learning as they move through education.
Adaptive practice, with an emphasis on investigation, cross curricular mathematics, problem solving and the development of mathematical thinking combined with a rigorous approach to the development of teacher subject knowledge are therefore essential components of Rickleton Primary’s approach to this subject.
Planning and Organisation
As a school, we follow a mastery approach to planning and teaching mathematics. Class teachers are responsible for the mathematics in their class with guidance from the mathematics subject leader. All classes participate in a daily mathematics lesson, with interventions taking place during the lesson or before the subsequent lesson. The children also take part in a ‘daily mathematics meeting’, embedding and applying learnt skills and known facts. For children in Years 2 – 6, this includes the use of Times Table Rockstars to support their recall of multiplication and division facts. All children are taught in mathematics sets to allow teachers to meet their individual needs. These sets are flexible and children are moved between them regularly to allow for greater progress.