Maths@Percy

Meaningful, Memorable and Magical!

Aims

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

In order for us to achieve these aims, we have created a ‘Maths Change Team’, which has supported Maths within our Academy. We identified 4 specific areas that needed addressing if Mathematics was to be successful.

Planning
Environment
Skills lessons
Targets

The core members of our change team have driven the Action Research Project from its early stages in 2014 and are preparing to feedback their findings at the AET National Conference in July. 




Delivery of the Mathematics Curriculum

We deliver maths through a combination of 4 weekly ‘basic skills’ lessons and a daily maths lesson. Basic skills lesson focus on improving fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics and run for 30 minutes. These are carefully structured and planned to support fluency. 
Each unit of work begins with a ‘cold task’ this is so that staff have a clear picture of what children know about a unit of work and what needs to be taught. 

From the cold task, a series of skills lessons are planned.

The unit is ended with a ‘hot task’. This is a celebration of the maths the children have been learning and an opportunity for children to reason mathematically and to solve problems by applying their mathematics. The hot task can be a ‘wow’ session such as the time year 5 planned the school disco.