At Abbeyfields we believe all children can achieve well and develop a love for mathematics.Children’s chances of success are maximised if they develop deep and lasting understanding of mathematical procedures and concepts. We want them to have a ‘can do’ attitude along with the skills, confidence and curiosity to solve mathematical problems through fluency with numbers, reasoning and explaining. Problem solving opportunities are essential to engage children in real life mathematical problems and to prepare them for life outside of school. We constantly seek to improve teaching and learning of mathematics. Our work with the Great North Maths Hub is helping to embed the mastery approach to learning mathematics. Using this approach, we are confident that we will build solid foundations from which our children will become effective and efficient mathematicians.
Our mathematical journey
2017-2018 Using White Rose Maths, introduction of Numicon/practical resources and introduction of Fast 15 additional daily maths session.
2018-2019 Continue to roll out WRM and mastery approach. Training with North Tyneside Adviser to support further effective use of concrete resources, use of WRM calculation policy.
2019-2020 Maths Lead, Key Stage 2 teacher and Headteacher enrolled on Teacher Research Group. Visit from Lead Teacher. More resources purchased through Friends of Abbeyfields.
What do our maths lessons look like?
Staff plan lessons carefully to promote depth of learning. Concepts and skills are taught in extended blocks in order to allow sufficient time for children to practise, refine and ultimately master concepts and processes. They are carefully sequenced so that skills and knowledge are continually revisited and applied. Lessons are carefully designed to ensure all children access rich, problem solving tasks and assessment is used to determine whether in the lesson children need further guided practice or independent practice.
Lessons include activities designed to build fluency, spot patterns and make connections. We teach children to use concrete resources such as counters to represent numbers, record their work using diagrams and models such as the part-whole model in order to develop their mental agility and understanding of the abstract sense of number. Reasoning style questions form part of most lessons. This provides good opportunities for mathematical thinking, reasoning and explaining. Some of this work may be recorded, but many lessons are practical with lots of opportunities to develop and embed mathematical vocabulary. The children work with maths partners to provide peer support, to enable them to solve problems together through reasoning and explanation.
The maths equipment and resources we use include Numicon, Dienes/base 10, place value counters, tens frame, cuisenaire rods. We have working walls in every classroom to provide current guidance and support so the children can access their learning and have visual reminders of what to do.
Five big ideas for teaching mastery (NCETM Maths Hubs)
The vast majority of pupils at Abbeyfields say they enjoy Maths. We want them to have a real passion for the subject and to continue to build on this throughout their educational journey with us and beyond. Through the mastery approach we want the children to feel confident and resilient and to believe that ‘mistakes allow thinking to happen.’
Outcomes in Maths at Abbeyfields are consistently above the national average year on year.