Visions, Aims and Objectives in Maths at St Day and Carharrack Community School
The basic mathematical skills are fundamental in helping us develop a greater sense of the world around us. Our ability to calculate, reason and problem solve are all paramount in enabling us to approach and successfully overcome everyday life challenges. Here at St Day we offer the children the opportunity to partake in open ended challenges, reasoning activities as well as using concrete resources to initially attempt to solve a problem, then to consolidate our learning with pictorial and abstract reinforcement.
As a school we use the White Rose Maths scheme, as well as other schemes and lesson activities as appropriate. From the Summer term 2019 we will be following Power maths. A structured and innovative scheme which will promote consistency across the maths curriculum.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To encourage confidence, enjoyment and “a love of learning” through practical activities (both indoors and out.)
- To develop fluency and confidence with numbers and the number system through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract resources.
Multiple representations for all
“Concrete, pictorial, abstract objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help pupils explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.
All pupils, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach. Pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – Students should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – Students should then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, students should be able to move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.”
Sian Evans – TES - March 2017
- To promote the ability to confidently problem solve through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts across the curriculum.
- To explore in depth the different ways in which data and information is gathered, stored and presented.
- To develop an understanding of fractions of shape and space, as well as number, and develop measuring skills through a variety of real life experiences.
- To recognise the significance of Mathematics in everyday life through offering the children opportunities to participate in challenging and stimulating activities.
Mastery in Maths
The school has been working with the local maths hub. This has involved both teaching assistants as well as teachers working with maths consultants, to develop their own subject knowledge, as well as then working on specific interventions with targeted children.
Mastery in Maths is …
“Inspired by teaching approaches developed in Singapore and Shanghai, mastery is an inclusive way of teaching that is grounded in the belief that all pupils can achieve in maths. A concept is deemed mastered when learners can represent it in multiple ways, can communicate solutions using mathematical language and can independently apply the concept to new problems.”
Sian Evans – TES - March 2017