Mathematics at Victoria Road Primary is designed around the ‘AET’ principles; fun, exciting and relevant. We believe that if numeracy is fun and purposeful and based on ‘real life’ maths then it is a skill that will be remembered and used.
We base our teaching on a visual approach, where children must demonstrate their learning within the concrete mode (using apparatus) then through the drawing mode (drawing representations/symbols/problems) and finally through the abstract mode when secure (problem solving/different contexts). Children are encouraged to explain their thinking to ensure that they achieve ‘deep learning’ and that the skills and concepts are embedded.
We also have a huge emphasis on children learning their key facts;
In key stage 1- Children progress round the different areas of Plymouth by passing key stages with their number knowledge. Before then entering into the times table travels system in KS2.
In key stage 2- children are given passports and they must complete a times table challenge in a given time in order to progress to the next country and have their passports signed. Their ultimate aim is to travel the world through the different multiplication facts (including inverses and square routes) and then complete the ‘ultimate challenge’ with the head teacher before being able to return to the UK.
In addition to this, each class complete a ‘Beat that score’ test which is composed of the four operation and basic facts. The knowledge and skills build up on a weekly basis and encourages to the children to work quickly in order to beat their score.
There are 15 units in the year and teachers use their expertise to decide how long each unit should be studied for, depending on the children’s understanding. Each unit builds on skills from the unit before and is heavily based on problem solving. (See unit overviews for a full breakdown)
Key stage 1-Children are expected to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop mental calculations and rapid recall of basic number facts. They learn about shape and space through concrete materials and practical activities. They are beginning to grasp language and use mathematical vocabulary when working in talk partners, in group and in whole class discussions. Children are applying their maths through problem solving using the bar method.
Key stage 2- Pupils will be consolidating known facts and becoming more fluent with mental maths. Children will be applying their skills in problem solving and working in different context to achieve higher order and mastery thinking. Children will progress to using more complex understanding in algebra, ratio, shape and measure and data handling. Children should know all their multiplication facts, including inverses and use this knowledge in order to solve problems quickly using the most efficient methods.
Overall, maths is designed to be fun and engaging for all pupils, using cross curricular links where possible. Maths is to be relevant and designed to make children curious and resilient.