At Fairlawn, we strive to put the magic into learning so that pupils develop mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, and of course a love of number! We promote a love and enjoyment for maths and believe that all children can achieve.
As Mathematics is such an important life skill, we use a ‘Mastery’ approach for our lessons. Children are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all children working together on the same lesson content at the same time to master the content of the National Curriculum 2014. The ‘White Rose’ scheme of learning is taught in EYFS, KS1 and KS2, allowing pupils to spend longer on key mathematical concepts, most noticeably number. Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical representations and real life contexts.
Speaking and listening is a big part of our mathematical learning environment, and we aim to give children the confidence to talk about how and why they have used certain strategies.
We have a strong emphasis on mental calculation. Key facts, such as times tables and addition facts within 10, are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and to enable pupils to focus on new concepts.
The school also subscribes to Sumdog, TTRockstars and Numbots. These are popular home learning tools that encourage our pupils to continue to develop their mathematical skills outside of school (see Maths Home Learning).
To find out more about maths mastery and growth mind-set in maths, please download the following handouts:
White Rose links