Mathematics at Victoria Road Primary is designed around the principles; fun, exciting and relevant and a '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 Rockstars system in KS2.
In key stage 2- Children use Times Table Rockstars to help embed their times table knowledge.
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.
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.
Our Maths Leader is Mr. McCann
Mathematics Statement of Intent
For every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.
At Victoria Road Primary, we strive towards shaping assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. The children shall become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum. Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and, with this in mind; we endeavour to ensure that our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them. The Mathematics curriculum equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to help them understand and change the world. These tools include making connections, logical reasoning, and the ability to think in abstract ways. We base our practice around various methods including Quick Maths games, Snappy Maths and quizzes with strategies for mental maths, AET/White Rose/Classroom Secrets Programmes of Study and Visual Maths to help with moving from the concrete to the abstract in progression of skills. We use support such as Mathletics, Big Solve, FFITS tests and Beat that Maths challenges, Rockstars Times Tables challnege, Challenge Chairs and Visual Maths to assist us in moving the children forward.