At St Martin’s Garden Primary School, we work hard to foster a love of Maths with every child given the opportunity to succeed and thrive. We recognise that Maths is a huge part of everyday life therefore provide opportunities to apply our learning and skills in a variety of situations and experiences whilst developing a growth mindset. Building confident mathematicians who leave Primary School equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to begin their secondary journey is essential.
From Reception to Year 6 we follow a mastery approach using the White Rose areas of learning. It is important to us to use a range of rich, high-quality resources which provide children with the variation they need to flourish. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving underpin the Maths curriculum at St Martin’s Garden and through careful planning and delivery, children work hard to develop their understanding through a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract concepts.
Where appropriate, we also encourage children to use the skills they learn in Maths lessons across the rest of the curriculum, whether it be using a bar chart to present scientific results or measures when baking as part of a DT learning. We believe that as Maths is such an interconnected subject, we must support our children in being able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.
The National Curriculum reflects the importance of spoken language across the entire curriculum with Maths not being an exception. Our classroom environments are filled with mathematical conversations between teachers and pupils which show modelled vocabulary and well thought out justifications.
Building fluency is something we really value at St Martin’s Garden Primary. Children have a range of opportunities in their lessons, through our Knowledge meetings and time to practise their times tables and number bonds. Children have access to ‘Times Table Rock stars and Numbots logins at home to ensure further opportunities to practise.