At New Park Primary School our aim is to provide children with a high-quality mathematics curriculum, using a mastery approach, ensuring that all children:
We are committed to ensuring that children recognise the significance of Maths in the wider world and ultimately that they leave school with the ability to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their everyday lives, in a range of different contexts. We feel that it is essential that all children feel success within the subject and develop an awareness that maths is crucial in other areas such as Science, Design and Technology and is important in most forms of employment.
At New Park Primary, mathematics is studied using a mastery approach, following the scheme Maths No Problem. The scheme is adapted by teachers in order to ensure that all children are able to access the lessons and make progress. Maths is taught daily, with the children covering a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum covering the following areas: number, calculation, geometry, measures and statistics. Along with daily maths sessions, each morning children have an additional 15 minute lesson with basic skills as the specific focus. At New Park, ensuring that maths is also taught in a cross-curricular manner is also a big focus, children also use an apply appropriate skills within foundation lessons. Further to this, the use of mathematical vocabulary is also extremely important, children discuss and understand vocabulary linked to their current and previous topics which allows them to apply knowledge to regular extension tasks which are used to challenge and deepen the children’s understanding.
Times tables are taught and practiced daily, using a variety of methods e.g. signing, chanting etc. in order to assess the children’s next steps, they are tested each week. From the 2019/2020 academic year onwards, schools across England will be required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently which is essential for future success in mathematics. From the check, we as teachers will be able to identify pupils who have not mastered their times tables and therefore additional support can then be put in place.
The mathematics curriculum in New Park is based upon ‘Maths No Problem’ this scheme is fully supported by the Department for Education as it meets the requirements of the new curriculum. The Maths No Problem primary school series has been created specifically for children living in the UK and is fully aligned to the 2014 curriculum. The planning and resources cover all the elements that teachers need to teach a mastery curriculum with confidence. The lessons encourage children to discuss appropriate methods using the correct mathematical vocabulary. Our children’s attainment is constantly monitored to ensure that subsequent lessons meet the needs of all children, allowing them to make progress. At New Park primary, the impact of teaching and learning is assessed in the following ways: