Mathematics is a key aspect of the curriculum and along with reading, writing, speaking and listening, including oracy, it makes a significant contribution to the development of pupils as thinkers and learners.
At Whetley Academy, we aim to do two things; encourage and develop a lifelong love of maths; and to teach pupils to be confident, fluent mathematicians who can reason and problem solve successfully as skilled and competent adults.
Maths is taught progressively and sequentially across the academy and begins the moment they begin in Nursery.
In the Foundation Stage, we know that pupils should be taught through practical ‘hands on’ learning experiences. There is a focus on mastery of early number. Frequent and varied learning opportunities right across the setting allow pupils to develop an understanding of relationships and pattern. They begin to reason about number, and problem solve through practical activities.
Working closely with other schools within our trust, Whetley Academy have created and developed a calculation strategy. This strategy enables pupils to have a consistent approach to learning written and mental calculation. As well as this, Whetley Academy use Powermaths as the main tool for teaching Mathematics. Powermaths is a DfE approved scheme that:
- Provides differentiated work to ensure all students make progress in each lesson
- Encourages the use of manipulatives
- Exposes the students to all three components with Mathematics (fluency, problem solving and reasoning)
Alongside this, pupils are taught to quickly recall times tables facts and basic skills. This helps them with, and gives them confidence with, all areas of maths. They become efficient, accurate mathematicians.
For those pupils who need support, we use a range of high-quality, trusted resources. An example of this is something called Ready to Progress, which is published by the DfE (Department for Education) and NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics).