Maths at Latchingdon C of E Primary School

Our core teaching in Mathematics follows the White Rose Maths scheme produced by White Rose education. Using a scheme ensures a structured progression of maths skills with a consistent approach from Year 1 to Year 6. White Rose Maths focuses on developing deep understanding rather than memorisation of facts. This means that it helps children develop self-belief, persistence and resilience as well as problem-solving skills which can be applied in other areas of the curriculum. The published scheme includes active problem solving as well as fluency practice and our teachers supplement the scheme with a variety of activities and resources which make the maths learning more lively and connect it with real life experiences.

We aim to:

  • Inspire and encourage a love of maths.
  • Develop children’s fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Build on pupils conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Teach reasoning mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Help pupils 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.
  • Develop pupils willingness and resilience to engage with more challenging problems.

How we will achieve our aims:

  • Whole class teaching – all children have the opportunity to access lessons and start at the same starting point.
  • 5 maths sessions a week.
  • Use concrete resources (e.g. numicon, dienes) to explore concepts.
  • Use pictorial representations (e.g. bar model, images) to explore concepts.
  • Use abstract resources (e.g. using digits) to explore concepts.
  • Provide mixed ability working groups and focus groups where necessary.
  • Ensure children are using full sentences in explanations.
  • Provide working walls in classrooms that are referred to by teachers/teaching assistants.
  • Determine where extra support/challenge is appropriate quickly during lessons and implement this as soon as possible.
  • ‘Mistakes’ celebrated and acted on by the teacher and pupil.

What Maths at Latchingdon looks like outside of lessons:

  • Interventions where necessary (e.g. 10-minute, 1-2-1 afternoon sessions).
  • Regular staff training.
  • Weekly practise on Times Tables Rock Stars.