The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
At OLSK, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that our children recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives.
We want all children to enjoy Maths and to experience success in every lesson . We are committed to developing children’s natural curiosity and to promoting Maths as fun!
Teachers at OLSK, believe that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Mathematics. Therefore, the majority of children will progress through the curriculum content at the same pace and differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention groups.
Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered a range of challenges or problems within the lesson as appropriate.
To ensure consistency and progression, the school follows the White Rose Maths Hub scheme. New concepts are taught and embedded within the context of reasoning and problem-solving activities, where children are encouraged to share ideas with their partner.
In KS1, these problems are presented with objects (concrete objects) for children to use. Children may also choose pictorial representations or formal written methods. Teachers use questioning to prompt children’s discussions and encourage reasoning. The class teacher guides children through strategies for solving the problem. Independent work provides the means for children to further develop their reasoning abilities, before progressing to more complex problems.
At OLSK, we believe that practice and consolidation play a vital role in developing children’s confidence and fluency. Each morning as the children come into school, they complete a ‘Five a day’ maths task which provides opportunities for consolidation of mathematical facts and strategies.