MathematicsMathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child's ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems.
It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We aim to support children to achieve economic well-being and equip them with a range of computational skills and the ability to solve problems in a variety of contexts.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At Welbourne we have been delivering the new maths curriculum since 2014. There is a progression overview for Years 1 to 6, which states what the children will be learning in maths in their year group, what they learnt in the previous year and what they will be learning as they continue their school journey.
In addition, in order to support the children’s development in numeracy, we have introduced a variety of exciting resources to help motivate, support and challenge children in mathematical concepts.
At Welbourne we teach children to master the skill of mathematics. Mastery means having a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, combined with a genuine procedural fluency. A child who has mastered a particular skill is able to apply their understanding and solve different types of problems, including where the skill is either embedded in a different context, or where a choice of method has to be made. Some children will be able to achieve mastery at a higher level. This means that they are able to apply their understanding of a concept in a wider variety of contexts, some of which are more difficult. They can manipulate the facts they know and the skills they possess in order to solve more complex problems. More developed forms of mathematical reasoning are central to this process, and enable the recognition of a link between operations and processes.
Talk for Maths
All children have a talk partner with whom they bounce ideas off, discuss key concepts and problem solve. Children find the opportunity to talk and discuss their mathematical thoughts a valuable part of the lesson and their learning. Paired and group work is an important part of Maths learning at Welbourne.
Numicon is a multi-sensory approach, built on a proven pedagogy that raises achievement across all mathematics ability levels. With problem-solving, reasoning and conversation at its heart, Numicon embodies the aims of the Primary National Curriculum 2014 for mathematics as it develops fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall. It helps children to reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
Sumdog is an online resource that helps children to enjoy maths and improve their results. Currently Year 5-6 children can login and access Sumdog at school and at home. In the Spring, this is being rolled out to include Years 3-4. It motivates children to access all the fun and engaging games to improve their maths skills and supports their learning at home.
All children have can also login and access My Maths which is used for online homework. It contains interactive resources from Year 1 through to Year 6. Teachers generate online Homework tasks for students to complete. There are also booster packs aimed at helping students cross challenging grade boundaries.
There is a lunchtime Maths Club for KS2 children. A team of children who attend the club will be entered into the Primary Maths Challenge competition.
Children practise mental maths on a daily basis. In KS1 and KS2 teachers use maths skills lessons to embed mental maths concepts and to ensure they have a solid bank of number facts.
Problem solving is taught on a weekly basis with children working in groups to develop their team building skills and to apply mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts.
Teaching assistants support children who have gaps in their knowledge are supported through our intervention groups. This is done using 5-minute number box and number count.