Maths at Awbridge Primary School
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. At Awbridge, through the teaching of mathematics, we promote the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Awbridge, we use the Rising Star Progression Frameworks to arrange our learning throughout the year. We teach mathematics across five different areas: Number, Ratio and Proportion, Measurement, Geometry and Statistics. In lessons, we use the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach in order to embed understanding and build competency. This means that, to begin with, all children learn a mathematical concept by ‘doing’ with physical manipulatives. These can include dienes, numicon, bead strings and other resources. Then they move on to drawing pictures to model this same concept. This can include number lines, a bar model or a number square. Lastly, children use what they have learned to apply this concept abstractly: completing number sentences with digits and symbols. All mathematical learning in every classroom uses a combination of concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to aid children in their fluency of concepts.
We are developing a mastery approach to learning and aim to promote mathematical thinking through talk. We provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum whilst also focusing on developing pupils’ fluency.
The principal focus of mathematics teaching in…
- Key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.
- Lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. In this way, we ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
- Upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This enables them to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
How to support your child in Mathematics
Have you ever wished that you understood current Maths methods better? How your child is taught how to add, divide, subtract and multiply involves methods that may be very different from how parents were taught when they were in school. This can often cause confusion when trying to support your child at home.
The main methods used in each stage by the majority of pupils for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are shown. These methods are introduced throughout the teaching year so most pupils should be familiar with all methods by the end of the year. Each ‘Make yourself a maths star’ booklet also shows typical maths vocabulary that children will be acquiring and using at this stage. The multiplication section also explains which tables facts they are expected to know in that stage.