At Churchfield, we want to develop future mathematicians and problem solvers who make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. Children at Churchfield will develop their understanding of relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. We aim to inspire children to use Maths in their everyday lives, future educations and careers.
At Churchfield, we recognise that Maths is essential to everyday life. We aim to provide high quality maths lessons with a mastery approach so that all children:
- have a wide range of strategies to enable them to be confident with number/ reasoning and problem solving.
- are provided with ‘real life’ contexts in order to be able to use and apply outside the classroom in everyday life.
- develop a love a maths. We want our children to have a thirst for learning and to want to be challenged.
- develop a ‘can do’ attitude.
- have a quick recall of number facts and times tables.
- have a good high level of understanding.
At Churchfield we follow the National Curriculum and the Maths Mastery Approach. The Maths Mastery approach focuses on fluency, problem solving and reasoning which has been as a need for our children. By working in small steps it ensures skills are embedded before moving onto to the next unit. Spending longer on mastering key maths topics like number builds the children’s confidence.
In order to develop the children’s multiplication skills, we practice the Magic Ten each day. The children focus on a specific timetable each day to help build their recall of their times tables.
Children are encouraged to use concrete manipulatives to aid concept progression using CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) leading to mastery including problem solving and reasoning tasks. Maths working walls have been implemented across the school to support children’s learning and are updated in line with current maths topics. As mathematics gets more challenging, we will encourage and model resilience and determination, skills and values that we teach and promote at Churchfield. We will work together and share ideas to plan and deliver high quality, active lessons, which motivate and challenge the children and meet each individual need.
Children will have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them be a successful in our modern world. Children’s skills will have progressed to enable them to not only have met the requirements of the National Curriculum but to also have a developed a good number sense where they enjoy exploring numbers and increased their reasoning and problem solving skills. Children are actively using the Working Walls in classrooms to help them with their work in maths. Children will show confidence in believing they will achieve.
Here at Churchfield, all children are taught in maths in their classes, with a mixture of objectives for their year groups. In all classes, we use the Maths Mastery Approach which has been devised for mixed year group classes. This approach builds the children’s skills and knowledge through small steps teaching. Each theme or concept is broken down into sequential lessons giving the children, firstly the knowledge they need and then building on that to give them reasoning and problem-solving skills for the concept taught, allowing them to apply their knowledge.
In Year 4 children should know all times tables up to 12 x 12 ready for the Multiplication check.
Maths and SEND
Maths is a valuable subject for those children at Churchfield who have SEND. The children are able to explore Maths concepts through use of practical resources, maths games, small group work, activities on Purple Mash, using real life resources such as measuring weight/capacity and scaffolds during the lesson. Teachers ensure that are scaffolds for children needing them and all learning is differentiated to meet the needs of different learners. Children take ownership of their learning through choice of resources and questions answered which enables them to deepen their understanding of the concept taught. Maths is linked to other curriculum subjects such as Science where children collect data during an investigation and record using bar charts or pictograms.