We aim to give children a wide range of mathematical experiences through practical, written and mental tasks. Children are encouraged to apply knowledge in different contexts and to employ/develop investigative and problem solving skills. We follow the 2014 National Curriculum, using the WhiteRose scheme of work to form the basis of planning. The school have been involved in various projects with the local Boolean maths hub, which has taken the school on a journey into teaching maths using a ‘Mastery’ approach.
The mastery approach to teaching mathematics, involves:
- Breaking learning into coherent small steps
- Using a variety of representations (both concrete and pictorial) to support conceptual understanding. The long term goal being that children an do the maths without these representations.
- Encouraging mathematical thinking. Children are taught ideas to be understood deeply so that they can reason and discuss this understanding with others.
- Efficiently recalling facts and procedures. This fluency allows children to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics with ease.
- Varying the was a concept is presented and the questions posed to children. This avoids mechanical repetition and encourages thinking on the children’s part.
Below are some of the ‘Bare Necessities’ maths games for you to play at home with your child. These are designed to support your child in developing their core maths skills. Each game has an explanation of how to play it, what skills are being used and copies of any resources that you might need to print off. Where a 0-9 dice is needed, we have included a 0-9 spinner which can be printed off, stuck onto card and used as an alternative.