Maths at Ryders Green

At Ryders Green, we give every child, every opportunity, at their one chance in primary school. Mathematics is a subject with a long history which has been used to explain some of the most difficult concepts known to man. We appreciate how the skills of a successful mathematician will underpin the next steps in their life – whether that is in technology, science or any element of everyday life. At Ryders Green, mathematics comes alive in the classroom. In line with the National Curriculum we aim for the following key principles:

  • Pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Pupils can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof of using mathematical language
  • Pupils can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Maths in the Foundation Stage

We teach mathematics in our reception class. As the class is part of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, we relate the mathematical aspects of the children's work to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five.

We give all the children ample opportunity to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through varied activities that allow them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics.

Maths in Years 1, 2 and 3

Throughout years 1, 2 and 3 we focus on the pupils being confident in mathematics and also have a strong mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. To achieve this, we use ‘Maths No Problem’, based upon the Singapore Maths teaching method. This brings together the recommendations of maths teaching from a range of experts including Bruner, Skemp, Piaget, Vygotsky and Deines.

The teaching of maths in KS1 and Year 3 therefore is based on the concept that children have enough time to fully explore an area of maths before moving on to a different topic. The new knowledge that children acquire is then used in other lessons where they link it together thus seeing the relationships between different topics in maths. These are the revisited as they progress through schools, developing their ideas at a higher level.

Key methods used in Maths No Problem include the use of the model method, concrete, abstract and pictorial approach and the use of number bonds. These are key tools which are embedded in the teaching and then used by the children to become independent problem solvers, developing those reasoning skills to work confidently and independently.

Children in Key Stage One and Year 3 have full access to a wide range of resources to support their development in mathematical thinking including dienes, numicon, number lines, hundred squares, number fans and lots more. The use of the outdoor areas including the playground and solardome is actively encouraged and ICT is embedded in teaching, such as the use of laptops and the imagination studio. The practical approach is used by all children, of all abilities, in all areas of maths.

Within lessons, children will sit in their Kagan groups. Differentiation will be achieved through the careful planning of the teacher to used focus questioning, moving through the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach at a pace that is appropriate for their learning. For children who are showing a more advanced understanding, staff will provide them with different challenges to demonstrate their secure understanding such as the use of missing number problems. Additional adults and the teacher will be able to provide planned focused support in all lessons to allow for a fully inclusive classroom.

All children will have access to the Maths No Problem textbooks and workbooks. These will provide the structure to the lessons: ‘In focus’, ‘Let’s learn’, ‘Guided practice’ and ‘Activity time’ leading on to their independent work. This will allow frequent opportunities to develop, consolidate and extend the child’s mathematical reasoning.

Maths in Year 4, 5 and 6

As children move in to years 4, 5 and 6 they have the chance to further develop and extend their secure mathematical knowledge which they have gained thus far at Ryders Green. The children are able to use efficient written and mental methods to perform calculations accurately using larger numbers. They also develop the links between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.

The program of study as outlined in the National Curriculum for Mathematics in Years 4, 5 and 6 is carefully followed and supported by the work of the White Rose Maths Hub. The long term and medium term plan to allow all children the opportunity to develop the secure, in-depth understanding of all areas of the subject

Following on from teaching methods used in early mathematic teaching, children have access to a wide range of resources to support their understanding. The use of concrete objects is central to children having a final, secure abstract understanding of number and other areas of maths and continues as the children progress through school. It is also expected that children continue to use the outdoor areas and ICT to develop and enhance their learning. Children are supported where appropriate by additional adults in school through careful planning and targeted provision to ensure that the curriculum is accessed and achieved by all.

We are also working with a Local Authority Maths advisor across school to provide support, quality assurance and further embed high quality mathematical teaching across the school at Ryders Green.

 

Other opportunities

We are constantly looking for ways to extend the experiences children have in mathematics at Ryders Green and this is achieved through a number of ways.

Identified children in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Primary Maths Challenge’, competing with other pupils from across the country in solving some very advanced problem solving and reasoning.

A group of children from Year 6 also have the chance to take part in the ‘National Young Mathematicians Award’ in conjunction with the University of Cambridge. Tackling some very difficult NRich problems, they are able to put their mathematical skills to the test.

We have also developed a good relationship with Explore Learning, and they are currently working in school to deliver workshops to all classes in Years 4, 5 and 6 so children can see how their mathematical skills can be applied to a variety of situations.

If you would like more information regarding the National Curriculum and Programs of Study, please visit here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

Contact Details

Ryders Green Primary School

Claypit Lane
Sandwell
B70 9UJ

Telephone - 0121 553 0658

Lucy Blackmore - Head teacher

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