Mathematics at Winterslow
At Winterslow, we teach mathematics so that all pupils develop their understanding and skills across the mathematics curriculum. Mathematics is taught in a structured way following the 2014 National Curriculum. Throughout their time at Winterslow, children will have the opportunity to explore the mathematics curriculum using a range of resources and methods. All learning is put into a real-life context where possible to help them understand the role of mathematics in the world around them.
Mathematical language is introduced and encouraged from the beginning of their learning to support their understanding and to help them discuss their own learning. Children are encouraged to talk about their learning in full sentences to consolidate their understanding and that of the children around them. No one word answers!
Maths is regularly included in the homework timetable as well as the learning of times tables. Times tables and mental arithmetic are a vital part to the mathematics curriculum and are included in the weekly timetable throughout the school.
Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract
Children at Winterslow experience new concepts in Maths in a variety of ways often using concrete objects, drawings and pictures as well as symbols to explore and reinforce learning. We have a good range of resources in each classroom to support the children’s learning. Children have access to these resources at any point and are encouraged to use their ‘diamond power’ to find objects or draw pictures to help them to solve problems for themselves.
Each class has access to number lines, Numicon, Diennes, arrow cards, cubes, counters, dice, hundred squares, bead strings, calculators and can even be found to be using resources like homemade sparkly playdough to help children explore number in a visual and tactile way.
By experiencing a wide range of problems in real life contexts it helps to give purpose to the children’s learning. We often use investigations, role play and word problems in each class so that the children can Master the key learning for their year group.
Children are encouraged to use ‘Emerald Power’ and takes risks with their Maths learning. Making mistakes means we are learning and children don’t shy away from taking their learning to the next steps. Using the Paddle, Snorkel Dive charts in each class children can choose the level of challenge that is right for them and know where they are aiming for by the end of a unit. Classes frequently have extended Maths lessons for an entire Morning or a whole day so that concepts can be fully explored and embedded and giving lots of opportunity to explore their Maths at Greater Depth.
Any child who is on the SEN register is monitored in pupil progress meeting by the teacher, head teacher and inclusion manager each term. They are also set maths termly targets by their teacher, if their needs are related to maths. Their termly targets are shared with parents and are worked on both in class and through personalised learning opportunities and interventions. Please see the SEND report on the school website for more details.
At Winterslow we have a variety of interventions we use to support children struggling with maths. These are in addition to the children's daily maths lessons.
In year 1 and 2 - Max's Marvellous Maths. This is a 6 week programme to support gaps in understanding in the very early stages of number and counting.
In year 2 - First Class@ Number for KS1 (1) This is an exciting 12 week programme based around and the post office. Children begin to consolidate their understanding in the foundation areas of maths.
In years 3 and 4 First Class @ number for KS2 This is for the children who did not reach their age related expectations in Year 2. (30 sessions run over 13-14 weeks)
In year 4, 5& 6 we use Rapid yellow and Purple level maths. These are catch up interventions 3 or 4x a week for 30 minutes and also in addition to their daily class maths lessons.
Every class in the school has a Maths Working Wall. These Working Walls represent the current learning that is taking place in the classroom and demonstrates the learning journey the children are experiencing. These walls have been invaluable in helping the children to understand the processes they go through when learning new concepts in Maths.