By subject leads:- T Underwood, J Slater and A Simpson
Intent - what children will learn
At Arundel Church of England Primary School, we have adopted the principles and practices of teaching for mastery in mathematics. These principles and practices permeate everything we do, focusing on ensuring that pupils believe (and are encouraged by the fact) that by working hard at maths they can ALL succeed.
Through Maths, our children think analytically, take responsibility and see beyond their own horizon.
Through Maths, our children know more, remember more and do more.
Through Maths, our children have the opportunity to grow spiritually, to be resilient and challenge themselves and each other in order to succeed together.
Through Maths, our children are encouraged to be courageous advocates who challenge inequalities in society and are able to articulate spiritual and ethical issues.
So what is Maths Mastery?
Maths teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. Best practice consistently shows that mastery of small, cumulative steps builds a solid foundation of deep mathematical understanding. At Arundel Church of England School, we have adopted Power Maths (White Rose Edition) as a whole school programme of study.
So what is Power Maths (White Rose Edition)?
Implementation - how we teach it
Power Maths (White Rose Edition) combines interactive teaching tools, high-quality textbooks and continuing professional development (CPD) to help Arundel Church of England Primary equip children with deep and long lasting mathematical understanding.
School leadership holds termly monitoring meetings with class teachers to review the impact of the teaching on children’s progress. Furthermore, the school’s maths lead talks to small-targeted groups across all years using ‘Children as Evidence Maths Moderation’ tools. At the end of every year, analytics tools within Power Maths with WRM highlight any areas of the curriculum which require further strengthening.
Our school aim is that by the end of KS2 children are fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language and representations.
Each year we endeavour to take a strand from the principles of maths for mastery and develop its use; small groups collaboratively planning/observing/assessing/refining practice to support CPD and monitoring.
Current research groups
‘Developing a whole school maths for mastery approach’
Year R, 1 and 2 of ’Building Firm Foundations in Mathematics’