At St. George’s we are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills in a range of different contexts. Therefore we endeavour to make links where possible between other subjects taught across the curriculum.
- To 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.
- Can reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Show resilience when faced with problem solving in mathematics 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 outcomes.
Mathematics is taught daily by the class teacher who plans for these sessions by following the Southwark Medium Term Maths Plans. This ensures the delivery of a broad and balanced Mathematics curriculum through the teaching of weekly topics. In order to ensure consistency in our delivery of Mathematics Yr 1-6 follow our ‘Calculation Policy’ which sets out how addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are taught in each year group. In order to support parents, workshops are organised for them in the Autumn Term.
In Mathematics at St. George’s there is a focus on mental strategies at the start of lessons and progress in these areas are assessed through Mental Arithmetic Tests every 3 weeks. In additional to these mental strategies there is a focus on the teaching of Multiplication Times Tables in Yr 2-4 to support the children’s learning in maths as well as to help in preparation for the Multiplication Times Table Check.
There is a further focus on reasoning skills and problem solving. In order to provide these opportunities teacher’s use resources such as NRich Problem Solving, Convince Me Cards and I See reasoning.
In EYFS, Mathematics involves providing children with the opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers and with shape, space and measures.
The impact of Mathematics is monitored throughout the year by SLT through;
- Analysis of KS1 and KS2 SAT’s results
- Teachers keeping a class record of pupils’ progress.
- Moderation of pupils’ books
- Monitoring of teaching and learning
- Progress and achievement in Mathematics is reported to parents/carers in a written report at the end of each academic year.
- Progress and achievement in Mathematics is reported to Governors