Maths makes the world go ?round?– it is in everything we do from telling the time and buying some lunch to designing computer games and building roller coasters. We want children to leave PPS with:
- a love of maths
- an understanding of its relevance to every day life
- the ability to solve complex problems
Maths is also in all we do at school – our sport, our music, our art and more. It can help children develop:
- resilience in tackling problems, getting them wrong and trying again
- communication skills by explaining how to solve a problem
- independence in their everyday lives with time, money, cooking and even playing computer games
- inquisitiveness in wondering about patterns and number
- creativity in approaching problem solving in different ways
- All children receive a daily maths lesson (at times this may need to be rearranged due to external supply), although mathematical skills run through many other areas of the curriculum.
- Each lesson focusses on one clear learning objective which all children are expected to master; extension activities enable those children who grasp the objective rapidly to extend their learning by exploring it at greater depth.
- Each lesson can include elements of: fluency, to practise skills; reasoning, to deepen understanding; and problem solving, to apply skills depending on the objective being taught and the understanding of the children.
- Teachers use the Active Learn planning and resources to aid Maths teaching within school. Teachers follow the scheme of work provided by Active Learn (aligned to White Rose) to ensure full curriculum coverage including fluency, reasoning and problem solving opportunities are addressed within lessons.
- Whole class teaching is adopted and children work in mixed ability groups. We believe that all children should have the same standard of teaching and to ensure this we aim not to group children based on their ability but also accept that at times this may be necessary. We therefore aim to differentiate via outcome rather than work set.
- Every classroom has a range of practical apparatus to support children’s learning, with additional resources stored centrally. We aim to review this and add to it each year.
For more information on how maths is taught, see the document below.