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Maths at Ainderby 

 What do our children say about Maths?

"I like doing maths because I am a mathematician. I like doing it outside best because I also get fresh air."

"I like SMIRFS because I like moving up the planets."

"I like 5 minute maths, you get to learn to do things faster."

"I like maths because I want to be an accountant when I am older."  

Maths Intent

At Ainderby Steeple CE School, our intent for mathematics is to teach a rich and progressive curriculum. We want our children to use mathematical skills to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding, and to be able apply these independently across the whole of their learning (i.e. in cross-curricular contexts as well as discreet maths lessons).

We aim to challenge pupils and encourage them to take ownership of their learning, developing their responsibility and resilience. We want our pupils to celebrate their mathematical successes and failures, being honest about what they find difficult and seeing overcoming difficulties as an essential part of the learning process.

At Ainderby, we intend to deliver lessons which are fun, engaging and practical.  We want pupils to be confident mathematicians, with an enjoyment of the subject and a ‘can do’ attitude.

Maths Implementation

Planning: The progression of Mathematics across school is in line with age related expectations based on the Early Years 2021 Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014 and supported by White Rose Maths Hub medium term planning (adjusted appropriately to ensure full curriculum coverage ready for end of key stage assessments, Y2 and Y6 and to fit our variable class structure).

Teaching: Teachers use a variety of resources to meet children’s learning needs (e.g. manipulatives, bar models and other pictorial representations, practical/hands on learning).  In addition, opportunities are created for reasoning and problem-solving so pupils develop resilience as they use and apply their mathematical understanding.

There is no dependence on a single source for teaching materials. Teachers are mindful of the needs of their pupils when selecting resources to meet the learning objectives and ensure appropriate differentiation both within and across year groups in our mixed-age classes.

Marking and feedback: This is designed to support children to know what they need to do to improve (i.e. next steps) and interventions are put in place to support those at risk of falling behind age-related expectations.

Assessment: Target Tracker is used to keep a record of each child’s achievement. Statements are updated regularly and steps progress recorded at the end of each term. We also use PUMA termly assessments to inform our judgements of pupil progress.

Maths Impact 

The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that we are creating a wholesome learning environment where Maths is fun and it is OK to make mistakes. Our children want to be the best mathematicians they can be and are willing to ‘have a go’ – even when they don’t fully know an answer.

By using a range of activities and resources in maths lessons, our children are able to show evidence of applied fluency and reasoning.

They are able to use a variety of equipment and strategies creatively (including pictures/diagrams) to represent processes and can choose the calculation method best for them. As a result, children are developing their mathematical resilience and their ability to articulate their understanding.

Click here to access free White Rose Maths work books to support your child at home. 

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