Maths at Alsager Highfields
Mathematics is an essential part of a balanced curriculum that is both wellmatched and challenging to the learner's needs. As a creative and highly inter-connected discipline, it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary in most forms of employment.
At Alsager Highfields we are adopting a Mastery Curriculum approach to our teaching of mathematics. This means spending greater time going into depth in areas or concepts rather than quickly moving through the curriculum and year group objectives.
Maths Mastery Definition
When taught to master maths, chidlren develop their mathematical fluency without turning to rote learning and can solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it.
In having high expectations that all children will achieve, they are all given the opportunity to explore, find and identify patterns, become fluent, reason and problem solve and are exposed to carefully crafted quesions and activities with a wide range of manipulatives at hand for all to accomplish this.
We strive to ensure that the whole class moves through content at the same pace and when we differentiate, it is through depth rather than acceleration; everyone is given time to think deeply about the maths and we strive to develop a positive attitude in order to build self-confidence, resilience and a sense of achievement. Questions structured with a greater depth of complexity are used allowing childrne to explore and investigate the mathematical concepts; developing their ability to reason, prove or question an approach.
Our intention is for every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths through a progressive acquisition of knowledge and skills. This helps our children to know and remember more through both well timed repetition and carefully planned tasks to introduce new learning.
The way in which we structure our lessons ensures a consistent approach to teaching maths; a greater emphasis on the sequence of learning; a better use of open-ended investigations and questions and the continued development of mathematical learning.
The mastery approach ensures that there is greater expectations of all children; little chance for passive learning as there is greater emphasis on talk for maths, collaboration, exploration and investigation; use of equipment which is actively encouraged and planned opportunities for children to make connections between subjects.
In EYFS, mathematical experiences arepart of the daily diet and are about number and shape, space and measures. Children embed mathematical skills through a wide range of experiences by playing and exploring, being active and through creative and critical thinking, all of which takes place both indoors and outdoors.
Maths No Problem
To develop our maths mastery curriculum we have started to use the Maths No Problem scheme throughout school from Year 1 to Year 6. It is a new scheme that is new to school but follows the Singapore approach to teaching mastery maths. It helps children develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths. There are some new concepts and methods that are very different to what we used before, however the scheme provides detailed guidance and clearly outlines each block, broken down into smaller steps which are cyclical and in turn ensures progression. This way, children can make sense of their previous learning.
We have added videos as a guide to the different methods and approaches used with the Maths No Problem approach.
Children in reception work towards meeting the Mathematics Early Learning Goals in Number and Shape, Space and Measures. Below you will find a link for the Development Matters Document for more information. There is also an information booklet which may provide additional guidance in supporting your child during their mathematical development.
Many parents find that their children are using methods or strategies, which are very different from those that they used and are familiar with. This can often cause confusion when trying to support your child at home. Please look at the calculation guidance which shows you the strategies your child will be using; the progression your child may make, and the language that is used to support your child in developing their understanding of different methods and processes. The guidance also highlights for you the progression from using concrete resources, to pictorial, to abstract.
Children will always progress at different speeds. However, support from you will always undoubtedly be of great benefit to them. You will also find below links to supporting documents, arranged according to year groups, which have been adapted from different sources found on the internet. If you have any questions, please do contact us and we will be pleased to discuss the strategies with you.
Also included here are some other pages that you may find useful when helping your child with Mathematics.
https://uk.ixl.com/ (Practice Maths and English that feels like playing)