Maths at Newlands Primary School
At Newlands we aim for children to become confident, flexible and creative mathematicians. We want them to become fluent in recall of number facts such as number bonds and times tables and to be able to choose appropriate strategies to solve calculations efficiently.
Children need to be able to see links within their maths learning in order to reason, adapt and solve different problems, including problems based within real life contexts. We want children to enjoy maths, show a positive mindset towards it and see themselves as mathematicians. Children need to develop a wide range of problem solving skills that will support them in real life.
At Newlands we want staff to be confident in their maths teaching and have a positive, can-do attitude to maths. We want them to develop a deep subject knowledge of maths in order to plan, teach and assess mathematics effectively.
Early Years & KS1 – using concrete resources, developing into written methods, verbal and written explanations:
KS2 – continuing use of concrete resources & practical experiences, developing clearer reasoning and more efficient problem solving skills
Our curriculum overview is designed to focus on the basic number skills within maths early on in the year and provide opportunities to develop and apply these skills later in the year through other strands of maths. At Newlands we teach a main maths lesson as well as daily fluency sessions which provide the opportunity to learn and practise key number skills such as addition and subtraction facts or times tables. Key Stage one children take part in ‘Numbersense’ sessions following the NCETM’s mastering number programme to develop a deep understanding of numbers within 10 as well as learning addition and subtraction facts and strategies within 10.
Throughout the school we use NCETM resources, as well as the DfE’s Ready to Progress materials to focus our teaching and develop children’s understanding of the core concepts within each year group. We supplement these materials with resources from White Rose to ensure a breadth of mathematical concepts are taught.
As a result of the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic on our pupils and their education, it has been necessary to re-evaluate our curriculum between 2020-2022 to ensure gaps in learning are addressed so pupils will have the key knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary necessary to continue their learning journey. We have used the Ready to Progress materials to prioritise key areas of maths and to support teachers to address any gaps in learning and assess when pupils have been ready to move on and catch up with their current year group’s learning.
Year groups focus on place value initially to ensure the foundations for later number work are embedded early on. The four operations are taught over several weeks in longer blocks to allow for a depth of understanding to develop. Fractions, decimals and percentages are taught next within Year 2 and KS2. The focus then moves towards application of number and place value skills within other areas of maths such as geometry and measure units e.g. ‘Area’, ‘Money’ or ‘Statistics’.
Year R explore number in practical ways through a deep focus on each number up to 10. Children learn to subitise (recognise an amount without counting) and show numbers on their fingers in different ways without needing to count. A focus on finding ways of making numbers up to 10 in Year R supports them to begin recalling number bonds to 5 and bonds to other numbers within 10. There are many opportunities within the environment to work with larger numbers as well as learn about shapes and explore measures. Teachers also make cross-curricular links with their learning challenges, e.g. to learn about pattern and shape through Autumn celebrations such as Diwali.