Maths Mastery at Minterne Junior School
‘Learning for a Lifetime’
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
At Minterne Junior School we are passionate about providing our children with the opportunities and desire to develop into lifelong mathematicians. Our maths curriculum equips our children with the essential skills to become confident mathematicians and to achieve their aspirations. We believe success in maths for every child is possible, fostering positive can-do attitudes and promoting the fact that we can all do maths. We have high expectations for all our children to both enjoy and be successful in maths, both at school and in the wider world.
We will deliver a curriculum that teaches secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We will provide challenge through rich mastery and sophisticated problems. Children will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.
We aim for all pupils to:
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. Central to our approach are the ‘5 Big Ideas’ which underpin mastery in mathematics (representation and structure, mathematical thinking, variation, fluency and coherence).
What do we teach? What does this look like?
At Minterne, children study mathematics daily following the White Rose Maths scheme of learning which is based on the National Curriculum. This is a blocked scheme which is broken down into smaller achievable steps, allowing for depth and breadth of learning within each strand of mathematics.
Lessons may be personalised to address the individual needs and requirements for a class, but coverage is maintained. To further develop the children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving, we use deepening understanding which correlates to the White Rose lessons and further develops children’s understanding of a concept and the links between maths topics.
We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals. To support the children, we have a range of mathematical resources in classrooms including Numicon, Base10 and counters (concrete equipment). When children have grasped a concept using concrete equipment, images and diagrams are used (pictorial) prior to moving to abstract questions. Abstract maths relies on the children understanding a concept thoroughly and being able to use their knowledge and understanding to answer and solve maths without equipment or images.
Features of our Mastery Approach:
What will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:
At Minterne, the expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. We aim for each child to be confident in each yearly objective and develop their ability to use this knowledge to develop a greater depth understanding to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions.
However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Where necessary, earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
A fundamental part of maths is recall of times tables. At Minterne all pupils are able to access ttrockstars which is a fun, engaging way to practise times tables on a regular basis. Pupils can compete against each other and even challenge teachers too!
All pupils have a username and password, this can also be downloaded to tablets and smart phones. Pupils can be learning anywhere!
Click the following link to login: https://play.ttrockstars.com/