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Mathematics at Handsworth Primary (Intent, Implementation & Impact)

14 Nov 2020


 
Mathematics at Handsworth Primary
 
Statement of Intent
At Handsworth Primary, we believe that ‘every child can achieve in maths’ and it is our responsibility to provide the environment and experiences to make this possible. We are passionate for all our children to create a natural curiosity and love for maths as a subject, starting from their Early Years, where children explore Number, Shape, Space and Measure through play and build on their mathematical development as they progress throughout their years at Handsworth.  We are committed to ensuring that our children are able to see mathematics as an interconnected subject, to be able to make connections across mathematical ideas, develop their fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We want our children to be able to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts and understand the importance of maths in the wider world. 


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.

Implementation
At Handsworth Primary, we use a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.  We use the mastery scheme, White Rose Maths, alongside other mastery resources to support our teaching of maths. This approach is based upon the research from Bruner (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach), Vygotsky (rich discussion & peer talk), Piaget (thinking processes rather than outcomes), Manipulatives (exploration before structure and a variety of methods) and Skemp (making links). Maths mastery recognises the value of making a whole class journey of a concept which is broken down into small steps of learning. This inclusive approach, allows our children to build secure foundations and make connections to other areas of maths ensuring deep mathematical understanding, developing their resilience and becoming confident, curious and ambitious mathematicians. Pupils who grasp concepts quickly are challenged with rich, sophisticated problems within the topic. Those children who are not sufficiently fluent are provided additional support to consolidate their understanding before moving on. Our children receive feedback (verbal and active marking) during the lesson, mini-plenaries and intervention is carried out where necessary to clarify misconceptions and our children are provided with opportunities to correct errors.  
Progression in mathematics for all our children is essential, no matter what their starting point - through accurate assessment, high expectations and quality teaching, pupils at Handsworth are able to realise their mathematical potential.  Cross-curricular links are made where possible, particularly in science and through the use of technology.

Impact
At Handsworth Primary, children have a love of maths -  they can articulate this through their learning, pupil voice, curiosity, recognising their own contributions, sharing their strengths and ways to improve to achieve their best. They see the importance of maths in their daily lives and modern world. The children build upon their skills year on year and can apply their skills and see the relevance of their mathematical learning.
Through a curriculum based on deep conceptual understanding, children are able to select and apply different mathematical methods in a variety of contexts. Our children are empowered with accurate mathematical language with which they are able to communicate their ideas precisely and effectively with each other and staff. Our school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support children in developing their collaborative and independence skills. Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. The teaching of mastery maths is monitored and supported through learning walks, staff CPD, pupil voice and the monitoring of children's work. The majority of our children will achieve age related expectations.

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Thank you for putting this on the website. Thank you also for the useful policies and resources to use at home.
Mrs Chloe Connell - 16 Nov 2020 - 16:27
 
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