Whilst working towards the National Curriculum objectives, our planning and teaching for mathematics at Fynamore is based upon a ‘mastery’ approach to learning. The ‘Department for Education’ and the ‘National College for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics’ (NCETM) are both advocates of a ‘Mastery Approach’ for establishing high achievement and maximising the potential of all pupils.
The mastery approach is similar to that seen in the Singapore maths curriculum; a curriculum that is top of all education systems worldwide using the theory that every child CAN do maths. It builds on pupil’s existing knowledge, and teaches them to think mathematically, whilst also helping them to develop mental strategies to solve problems. We believe this approach not only provides children with a greater depth of understanding in their maths but will also help them to apply their maths knowledge to a range of contexts.
Consequently, at Fynamore we have adapted our mathematical planning to embrace the ‘Mastery’ approach. Pupils are encouraged to master the basic aspects of mathematics; developing their ability to problem solve, whilst communicating their understanding in many different ways before moving on to more complex learning. A range of strategies are used to foster this approach and your child may talk to you about using ‘maths manipulatives’ such as counters, unifix cubes or Cuisenaire rods etc. to help solve problems (in order to develop their concrete understanding). You may also see your child using pictorial representations to lay out a problem in a number of different ways before eventually moving on to abstract recordings (such as written number sentences, the column method or long division, for example).
In order to ensure the best possible outcomes for pupils, all teachers plan differentiated lessons that support and challenge the range of abilities of children within the class. As we are fortunate enough to have two classes per year group, older pupils in years 3-6 (KS2) are ‘set’ for Mathematics. This means children work closely with children at a similar ability level from the parallel class in order to be challenged and encouraged with greater effectiveness. Whilst teachers lead the teaching and planning, teaching assistants also regularly work with groups of pupils of all abilities across the school, helping to support and embed learning.
At Fynamore we use 'White Rose' as the main basis for our planning and progression. The following link provides a summary of National Curriculum progression from years 1 to 6 and will give a guide to what happens, and when, for our pupils.
Supporting Mathematical learning at home
The support of parents in helping children to move forward in learning is consistently shown in research to make a significant difference to a child’s future success. We care about the future of your child and want to work together wherever possible. Whilst we don’t expect parents to come in and teach a full maths lesson for the class, by spending time working on basic skills such as number recognition (for younger children), number bonds (as children move into KS1 and beyond) and times tables (from year 2 onwards) your child can really grow mathematically. To further the mastery approach, please feel free to be creative in the many different ways these tasks can be approached to ensure that your child really does have ‘mastery’.
The current Mathematics topics that the children are studying in school this term can be found in the topic webs.
Some of our gifted and talented mathematicians at Fynamore have been busy creating some short videos to explain more about calculations. If you would like to find out more about the formal written methods used in each phase of learning, please follow this link to our maths zone.
There are many online maths games that can be used to support learning at home. A few of these examples can be selected by clicking on the hyperlinks below:
Below are some great maths apps for children:
You might also take a look at the weekly Maths Challenge in the newsletter for all pupils from Reception to Year 6.
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