Mathematics at Victoria Road Primary is designed around the ‘AET’ principles; fun, exciting and relevant and 'Visual Maths' approach. 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.
Children can access Mathletics at home to support their learning.
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.
Maths Leaders are Mr McCann (KS1) and Mrs Jenkinson (KS2)