As a school we follow White Rose Maths, we believe this allows all children to fully engage in mathematical concepts at a level that suits them. Engaging them in hands on ‘concrete’ learning, developing their understanding through using real objects, before moving on to using pictorial representations. Children are then encouraged to use written methods to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
In EYFS, children learn to count objects and match that amount to the correct numeral. They broaden their knowledge of the number system and begin to understand the concept of addition and subtraction. Mathematical language such as; more, fewer, total, 2D, 3D, square, cicrle etc is practised and expanded upon. In Key Stage One children start to explore a new area of maths practically. This could be using numicon, objects, cubes or even children in the class! We then move onto using pictures to show our understanding. Children are then able to use equipment and pictures to gain confidence in their maths. We apply these methods to problem solving and maths puzzles. In Key Stage Two, the same approach is adopted, children still have access to various practical resources to help develop their knowledge and understanding of further mathematical concepts such as fractions, multiplication, division and area. In Key stage two maths is taught in a two session approach. Firstly children engage in a teaching activity, working with a partner to explore a variety of questions and develop their skills, using a number of concrete resources such as Dienes, Numicon and Cuisenaire. After a short break (in which children partake in a mile run) children return to class to complete differentiated, individual problems, using pictorial and written methods to develop their fluency and demonstrate their reasoning and problem solving skills.
Children in Key stage two are also encourage to learn their times tables, up to 12×12, through weekly 144 club tests. This is a times table challenge every week. The children will have 5 minutes to complete an unjumbled times table grid. They will get a mark for everyone they get right in the time. If they get them all correct they will score 144. When they do this they will move on to a times table grid with all the numbers jumbled up. And their goal is to complete this in 5 minutes or less.