At Monkshouse School, we aim to help children develop their knowledge and understanding of Mathematics in an enjoyable way, but one which will also fit them for lifelong learning. We aim to develop mathematical thinkers, who are able to apply their knowledge, through challenging and stimulating activities both in and outside of the classroom. The intention being that the children develop a positive and confident attitude to mathematics and reach their full potential as mathematicians.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It 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.
National Curriculum 2014 – Maths: Purpose of Study
The National Curriculum for Maths can be found using the link below:
Our school fulfils the objectives taken from the National Curriculum by using the White Rose scheme of learning for every year group.
For each year group, the White Rose scheme of learning includes an overview of the maths that our children should be learning at any point in the year. Each year is split into three terms (autumn, spring and summer), and each term comprises individual blocks of learning about a particular topic.
We aim to build strong number skills across EYFS, KS1 and KS2. These essential core skills build a strong foundation for the more complicated learning later in the school year. Each block of knowledge is split into a series of small learning steps. Together, these small steps, aspects of the National Curriculum (2014) cover all the curriculum content that our children need to know. Each lesson covers four stages of learning: understanding, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. This allows staff to produce lessons, which are accessible for all children in their class. Progress is regularly monitored and interventions provided for those children who need to address misconceptions they have during their learning.
White Rose provides each lesson with a Flashback 4 activity, which are made up of a series of quick questions covering something from the previous lesson, last week’s learning and then topics from earlier in the year. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the scheme was restructured to provide ‘Recap’ lessons, which revisit certain earlier topics, which our children need to fully, understand before new upcoming lessons.
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Times Table Rockstars (TTRS)
To develop and secure confidence in multiplication and division facts, we use Times Table Rockstars (TTRS) which is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Following an initial baseline assessment, TTRS allows staff and children to access various games, which provide them with opportunities to improve their fluency of recall in an engaging way.
The service provides the children with instant feedback and is able to work out which times tables facts each pupil is consistently taking longer to answer and then it gradually starts to present these facts more frequently until pupils have mastered them. Incorrect answers are always immediately corrected in front of the pupil so that they start to associate the correct answer to every question.
Every children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are provided with their login details to ensure that they are able to access the service at home to continue practising these key skills of multiplication and division facts.
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