Mathematics at Palterton Primary
Mathematics at Palterton Primary School is based around the three aims of the National Curriculum – fluency, reasoning and problem solving. As a school we have chosen to use 'Power Maths' as a scheme as it is based around sequences of small, coherent, easy-to-take steps. The rationale is that deep learning takes longer but lasts longer, and it is this for which we are aiming – deeper conceptual understanding rather than simply procedural understanding.
Mathematics Intent - What is Mathematics for?
There is a positive, ‘can do’ approach to maths is fostered at Palterton Primary . There is a belief – an insistence – that EVERYONE can succeed at Maths. This means we introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life. Mathematical thinking and understanding underpin learning and development in the wider curriculum, and therefore it is a central element of learning in our school.
Mathematics Implementation - What will the children learn in Mathematics?
The three aims - fluency, reasoning and problem solving - are not taught in isolation from each other, but rather carefully intertwined within a lesson. Nor are they hierarchical. Basing our curriculum around the Power Maths scheme of learning has meant this provision is already in place, and that teachers are then free to build lessons around this carefully thought through sequence of learning.
A ‘typical’ Maths lesson, lasting an hour, at Palterton Primary School will include the following elements:
- A balance of instruction and discussion.
- A ‘ping-pong’ style lesson in which the whole class go on a journey together.
- A ‘key’ representation of the learning, either concrete or pictorial.
- Clear modelling opportunities of the key concept(s) behind each small step, modelled on flipchart paper on a working wall to reduce cognitive overload.
- An independent task – most typically the Power Maths Practise books
- Support and scaffolding being given where appropriate.
- Children being challenged to reason more deeply about a concept once they have understood it
Please see the calculation policy for each class age group
Resources we use to support our teaching
We use a wide range of resources to support learning in mathematics. Many of these are designed and made by our teaching teams to match the specific needs of classes and individual pupils.
To compliment our team's high quality lessons and resources we regulalry use the following commercial resources to support learning and teaching:
The school also uses Times Table Rockstars to support the teaching of timetables. Children will use this in school as well as having a log on for use at home. We also use websites like Nrich to add extra activities and challenges to the maths lessons. Please try the links below for games to play and further information.
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