At Fairlawn, 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 to our lessons. The ‘White Rose’ scheme of learning is taught in EFYS and KS2, and Power Maths, which is closely linked to White Rose, is taught in KS1, allowing pupils to spend longer on key mathematical concepts, most noticeably number. During these longer units, pupils will see mathematics in a real life context, before moving at an appropriate pace from the concrete/pictorial approach (supported by manipulatives including Numicon) to the abstract.
To find out more about maths mastery and growth mindset in maths, please download the following handouts:
White Rose links
In all lessons, teachers will provide opportunities to support and deepen understanding of a concept through questioning, consolidating and variation in learning. Small steps are made to address all misconceptions and for pupils to understand the process of their thinking. 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 where through our daily 15-minute fluency and recall sessions, and our home-school ‘Maths Passports’ scheme, children are given the time and support to reach solutions with speed and accuracy.
In order to further promote enjoyment, and to support progress and overall attainment, the children will often use ICT in lessons with every class having access to iPads or chromebooks. The school also subscribes to Sumdog and TTRockstars, a popular home learning tool that encourages our pupils to continue to develop their mathematical skills outside of school (see Maths Home Learning)
Some children can feel afraid of maths and can become demotivated from quite a young age. However, here 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!
These all allow us to focus our learning around the three main aims of the mathematics curriculum, which are:
- Problem Solving