'All mathematicians share …… a sense of amazement over the infinite depth and the mysterious beauty and usefulness of mathematics' - Martin Gardner (father of recreational mathematics)
At The Leys, our goal is for children to leave as confident, skilled and resilient mathematicians, who understand that maths is a fundamental part of everyday life and the world we live in.
In alignment with the 2014 national curriculum for mathematics, we aim to ensure that all children:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
Are able to reason mathematically
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems
At The Leys, these attributes are embedded within all Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We follow White Rose Maths to ensure that children develop sequentially mathematical skills, building a depth of understanding as they progress.
Our curriculum supports children with ‘bridging the gap’ between abstract mathematical concepts and concrete representations that they can manipulate and draw up, accessing concrete, pictorial and abstract mathematical learning alongside rich language.
Scheme of Work
Year groups follow the relevant White Rose scheme of learning which is based on the national curriculum. Lessons may be personalised to address the individual needs and requirements for a class, but coverage is maintained. A range of other resources are used to support learning including those provided by NRICH to enhance the experience.
Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA)
We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals. To support us, we have a range of mathematical resources in classrooms including Numicon, base ten blocks and counters (concrete equipment). When children have grasped a concept using concrete equipment, images and diagrams are used (pictorial) prior to moving to abstract questions. Abstract maths relies on the children understanding a concept thoroughly and being able to use their knowledge and understanding to answer and solve maths without equipment or images.
Online Maths Tools
In order to advance individual children’s maths skills in school and at home, we utilise Times Tables Rock Stars for multiplication practice, application and consolidation.
Whole school events
We arrange on a termly basis, curricular STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics) activities. These bring the whole school together to share and learn from each other.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
We continuously strive to better ourselves and frequently share ideas and things that have been particularly effective. We take part in local training opportunities (Herts for Learning) and have access to a wide range of high-quality training webinars from the National College.
Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their maths lessons and speak about how they love learning about maths. They can articulate the context in which maths is being taught and relate this to real life purposes.
Children show confidence and believe they can learn about a new maths area and apply the knowledge and skills they already have.
Evidence in knowledge & skills
Pupils know how and why maths is used in the outside world and in the workplace. They know about different ways that maths can be used to support their future potential. Mathematical concepts or skills are mastered with children showing this in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
Children demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures. This includes their recollection of the times tables.
Pupils also show a high level of pride in the presentation and understanding of the work. The development of the ability to recognise relationships and make connections in maths lessons.
Through our teaching we continuously monitor pupils’ progress against expected attainment for their age, making formative assessment notes where appropriate and using these to inform our teaching and the updating of our assessment grids. This feeds into discussions in termly Pupil Progress Meetings. The main purpose of all assessments is to always ensure that we are providing excellent provision for every child.
I love numbers and learning new things. I like adding together and am very proud to know all my times tables up to the 12s - Taha
I like maths because you can see patterns like between multiplying and dividing. They are just opposites. Maths is also important in secondary school - Oliver E
I like learning about money as when I'm older I will need to use it. The Leys encourage us to learn and make progress by helping you if you're stuck – Olivia F
I like how we always learn about different things so we know how to do stuff when we're outside of school (my dad is a carpet worker and he needs to know the lengths and how much money he needs to ask for) - Poppy F
I like maths because it pushes you. It stretches you to your limits - Paris
STEAM Week (termly)
Year 5 Maths Challenge
1 Minute Maths app
Helps children build greater number confidence and fluency. It's all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks. Children can choose any topic they want to try. If they're struggling with a question, a 'Hint' button will give a helpful clue by showing the question in a different but familiar way. When the one minute's up, they'll see a feedback screen telling them how they've done.
Times Tables Rock Stars
Times tables are the absolute bedrock of maths learning; mastering them can have a direct impact on how well children get to grips with the more complex maths further up the curriculum, so it’s important to learn them at an early age.
A free maths site which encourages children to think like mathematicians and generally develop curiosity about the world around them. There’s a particular focus on problem solving and reasoning, key principles of the new national curriculum for KS1 and KS2.
All topics on the Bitesize website are organised by year group and curriculum, so you’ll be secure in the knowledge that your child will be working at the right level. Short videos make the learning enjoyable and accessible.
Hit The Button
Perfect for helping children get their heads round the basics of maths in an engaging way. A range of interactive maths games, which work against the clock so great for developing children’s mental maths skills.
Absolutely jam-packed with fun ways to learn more about maths, this site is ideal for children that like task-based learning and are motivated by tech, as the games are fast paced and full of action.