At Mount Pleasant Primary School, we realise the importance of Mathematics as an important, everyday life skill. We understand that it is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive, enthusiastic and resilient attitude towards the subject that will stay with them for life. Staff realise the importance of children being competent mathematicians and their enthusiasm and passion for teaching maths shines through in their teaching.
At Mount Pleasant, we strive to ensure all children see themselves as mathematicians and our mission is to:
Ensure all children develop a positive attitude towards maths.
Develop children’s resilience when faced with the unknown.
Ensure pupils make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
Encourage children’s curiosity, explore patterns and explain their reasoning through rich mathematical discussion with their peers.
Challenge children to find a more ‘elegant’ way of solving a problem.
Through a Mastery approach all children are challenged and have time to develop a deep understanding of a mathematical concept before moving onto new content. All children should have a deep and thorough understanding of number facts such as number bonds and times tables which should allow them to focus on tackling new concepts effectively. Challenge is something which is key to all children being successful in maths and this is central to our vision. Children are challenged in a variety of ways and are exposed to a wide variety of representations based on the same concept. We believe that children should find 5 different ways of solving a problem rather than solving the same type of problem one way.
The movement towards achieving our vision is based on regular and robust assessment which gives clear indicators as to what progress children have made, the concepts children have mastered and what the next steps in their learning will be. Analysis of this assessment aids us in measuring the impact and quality of maths teaching in school.
Subject Leader: Mr Foulds
Our Long term planning is based on the National Curriculum Programmes and are designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning. We use the White Rose long term plans which includes opportunities to apply across the curriculum.
Long term overviews:
- have number at their heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency.
- ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth.
- ensure children have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group.
- provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.
In order for children to have a deep understanding of different concepts, each topic will be taught thoroughly, giving children opportunities to link new knowledge to prior learning and also giving opportunities to reason and problem solve. In order for us to achieve this depth we use the fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities which are in the White Rose planning.
Concrete - Pictorial - Abstract
We believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking this approach.
Concrete - children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulative to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial - alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
Abstract - both concrete and pictorial representations should support children's understanding of abstract methods.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.