At Saint Joseph's, the Borough, we teach children to master the mathematical skills of fluency, reasoning and problem solving to gain the skills to be systematic and resilient thinkers and to be equipped with valuable life skills.
Our planning ensures that we cover all the elements of the National Curriculum for Maths.
Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality Mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We want children to become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding along with the ability to rapidly recall and apply knowledge accurately. We want pupils to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend to promote the vital importance of Mathematics in everyday life with children learning through real life contexts. This will equip children at Saint Joseph’s with the skills and confidence in maths to facilitate their further study and work.
White Rose Maths
During their time at Saint Joseph’s, the Borough, children are taught to problem solve and reason mathematically, as this is at the heart of Mathematics. This is done through daily, high quality, differentiated sessions, which follow the White Rose scheme of work which links to National Curriculum expectations. Each lesson includes a starter to teach and reinforce rapid recall of mathematical facts. These sessions develop into activities that challenge the children and allow them to apply their knowledge to a range of concepts. The Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach is built-in to our lessons where appropriate, using a range of models and manipulatives to develop both procedural fluency and conceptual understanding. Children have opportunities to explore and articulate their understanding through different representations. Both procedural and conceptual variations allow patterns to be developed and connections made. This means that our children can confidently select the most efficient strategy to solve problems.
There are videos to help parents on the White Rose site - one example is below:
Pupils use the online multiplication games site 'Times Tables Rockstars' top help them embed their understanding of multiplication.
All pupils in Year 4 take the national multiplication check in the summer term.