At Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, we want pupils to leave Year 6 as confident mathematicians who see the subject as exciting and relevant. We use the mastery approach to maths, which opens up opportunities for pupils to excel in this subject. A high-quality mathematics education can open up a greater understanding of the world around us and it teaches us valuable problem solving skills that can be applied right across the curriculum. Pupils also become more aware of how they learn through metacognitive approaches that encourage them to plan, monitor and reviews the different steps in their reasoning.
Teachers plan engaging and exciting lessons ensuring that there are regular opportunities for hands on learning that use effective resources and manipulatives to embed new concepts. All teachers embed the CPA approach in their planning– concrete, pictorial and abstract. This ensures pupils have the opportunity to use practical resources and visual representations to develop a secure understanding of concepts, which allows them to then move on to the abstract. We use ‘White Rose’ for our long term planning, adapting this and responding to the needs of our learners in our short term planning. All classes have a one hour lesson daily, with appropriate starter and plenary activities which reinforce key ideas and develop the recall of key facts and mental mathematics.
Mathematics is organised into the following areas; number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions and decimals, measurement, geometry and statistics. Pupils have opportunities to apply their understanding in other areas of the curriculum and to solve increasingly sophisticated problems.
In Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6) all pupils learn to follow a standard procedure for the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Details of these can be found in our Mathematics Policy and Calculation Policies.
There are many ways you can help your child at home to reinforce their learning from class. Essential elements of Mathematics are:
If you have any questions regarding supporting your child with Mathematics, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Davis (Key Stage 1 subject lead) or Mr Dale (Key Stage 2 subject lead) via the school office.