Mathematics at Newhall Park Primary School
At Newhall Park, we aim to offer pupils a rich and enjoyable experience in mathematics by providing the knowledge, skills, concepts and processes. This provision should enable them to:
Since the implementation of the 2014 National Curriculum, Newhall Park has been on a journey with the aim of improving outcomes for all pupils.
The main elements of this journey are as follows:
The Calculation Policy was redesigned in 2015 in order to be used as a reference for teachers, including examples of practical equipment and visual images that can support the teaching of strategies/procedures. In 2016, further examples have been added in order to demonstrate progression through concrete, pictorial and abstract phases of teaching/learning. This will be reviewed in Spring 2017
The long-term and medium term plans were created to meet the demands of the new curriculum. These are used both to ensure coverage across the curriculum for each year group, and also as a guide for teachers to ensure underlying concepts are secure before children progress onto more complicated mathematical content. It is important teachers use their professional judgement in order to adapt these plans to meet the needs of their classes.
As a school, from 2016, we have begun working with The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM). They promote teaching Mathematics an approach of Maths Mastery. Newhall Park is beginning to implement this approach to teaching gradually. It will start in Year 1 from September 2016, with the aim of being continued in each year as this cohort progress through the school. Elements of Maths Mastery are also being trialled in other year groups across the school where appropriate.
Mastery in the Mathematics Curriculum
At Newhall Park we want all children to achieve mastery in their understanding of the Maths Curriculum. Central to this approach is the belief that all children can master the subject at the level at which they are working.
Mastery of maths means a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Central to the Mastery approach are the three main aims of the National Curriculum
· fluency (rapid and accurate recall and application of facts and concepts) 7
· a growing confidence to reason mathematically
· the ability to apply maths to solve problems, to conjecture and to test hypotheses
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) have produced a series of documents to support the on-going assessment of mastery. Within the materials the terms ‘Mastery’ and ‘Mastery with greater depth’ are used to acknowledge that all pupils require depth in their learning, but some pupils will go deeper still in their learning and understanding.