Maths

Gemma
Miss Setter

Vision
Children achieve the mathematical skills needed to be successful adults. Children apply their knowledge of mathematical principles to unknown calculations and enjoy problem solving. At St John the Baptist we encourage children to use their mathematical skills across the curriculum and develop confident, independent mathematicians, who recognize the importance of the skills they are learning in a contextual and rich environment.

Curriculum
Schools within the Primary Advantage Federation have a strong commitment to children’s maths. Daily maths lessons lay the foundations for this critical life skill as teachers follow the popular and effective PA Maths programme. It follows the new National curriculum and uses the Singapore approach to Mastery. The Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach is encouraged and the PA programme details clearly how this can be achieved for each learning objective to allow the children to explore mathematical concepts contextually.                                              

Maths lessons occur daily and follow the four-part lesson structure: Mental / Oral Starter, introduction and whole class teaching, independent activities and plenary activities. Children usually cover a theme each week and planning ensures that all learner’s needs are met. Maths lessons are designed to be interactive with a significant emphasis on children’s talk. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are three themes of the maths National Curriculum and inform all maths teaching in Primary Advantage schools.

Check its are used once a week to assess the children’s ability to apply mathematical concepts from the week before. Beat its are used daily to improve pace and mental skills and Prove its and Test its are being developed to further evidence mastery.

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Schools within the Primary Advantage Federation have a strong commitment to children’s maths. Daily maths lessons lay the foundations for this critical life skill as teachers follow the popular and effective PA Maths programme.

The PA Maths programme supports progression throughout the primary years and has a strong CPA thread running throughout. This means that children are exposed to conceptual ideas at a concrete level with a range of apparatus (e.g. counters, beads, Dienes and Numicon) before moving on pictorial representations. This may mean diagrams, sketches or using the Singapore bar model to solve problems. Doing so develops children’s deep conceptual understanding and skills proficiency which supports the next move into abstract mathematics, such as long division.

Maths lessons are designed to be interactive with a significant emphasis on children’s talk. Through discussing their ideas, children construct new understanding, engage in a  supportive community of practice, take responsibility for their learning and allow the teacher a window into their thinking which enables appropriate action to help them progress. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are three themes of the maths National Curriculum (DfE, 2014) and inform all maths teaching in Primary Advantage schools.

Teachers and support staff provide targeted support and assessment to help all children make good progress in maths. To see how you can help too, click here.

To find out more about Primary Advantage maths click here.

Useful Links
http://www.primaryadvantage.co.uk/about-pa-mathsPA Maths programme

Parent Leaflets – PA Maths

www.mathletics.co.uk

www.thinkingblocks.com

www.mathplayground.com