How often, during your day, do you use your mathematical ability? Probably far more than you realise or dare to admit! At Headcorn Primary School, we recognise that Maths is all around us and an integral part of so much that we do on a daily basis. We aim to make Maths fun, relevant and accessible for our pupils, ensuring that all can actively engage in their learning. We believe we need to do all we can to motivate, enthuse and develop confidence in our children and that it is important to promote a positive attitude towards Maths both at school and at home.
We aim to ensure that our children see the essential, daily, practical application of Maths as well as the pleasure that can be gained from finding patterns, solving problems, reasoning and predicting solutions; as well as recognising the important links that can be made with other curriculum subjects, for example, interpreting results in Science to technical drawing in Art and Design.
At Headcorn Primary School we aim to deliver a mastery curriculum in line with the National Curriculum. Mastery means having a secure understanding of mathematical concepts and processes, combined with a genuine procedural fluency. A child who has mastered a particular skill is able to apply their understanding and solve different types of problem, including where the skill is either embedded in a different context, or where a choice of method has to be made.
Some children will be able to achieve mastery with greater depth. This means that they are able to apply their understanding of a concept in a wider variety of contexts, some of which are more difficult. They can manipulate the facts they know and the skills they possess in order to solve more complex problems. More developed forms of mathematical reasoning are central to this process, and enable the recognition of a link between operations and processes.
Common features of mastery include:
• An expectation that all children can succeed in maths, often achieved by keeping the class together rather than dividing up into ability groups
• Giving children a secure and sustainable understanding of mathematical concepts by developing consistent models and images throughout
• Ensuring children are fluent in mathematical procedures and number facts by rehearsing these in systematic ways
• Children who master a concept easily are expected to deepen their understanding, for example by applying it to solve problems embedded in mathematical investigations or more complex contexts
Children who do not master an objective with the rest of the class are supported to enable them to gain more experience and achieve mastery, for example, through quick intervention, plus longer-term help if necessary.
We use Abacus as a planning tool and Mathlectics in KS2 to help hone skills and build confidence and fluency. Maths has a high profile in our school and we want every child to leave with a ‘Maths Wizard’ attitude!