The Maths Implementation - How we teach what we teach

In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Mathematics, we have implemented a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. To support the implementation of this we use White Rose maths. Planning for Mathematics is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programmes of study for Mathematics 2014’ and, The Development Matters statements linked to Maths: Number, and Maths: Shape, Space and Measures in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Mathematics teaching at New Close Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. We aim to stretch and challenge the most able and develop the independence and confidence for the less able learners to all meet their full potential and beyond.
We focus on the five key principles of Mastery:
• Coherence
• Representation and Structure
• Mathematical Thinking
• Fluency
• Variation
Mathematics is taught in blocks of lessons to ensure coverage and depth to a specific area. These blocks are split into smaller progressive steps to help the teacher focus on the key parts of the progression. Lessons can focus on Varied Fluency, and Reasoning and Problems, or a mixture of both. We ensure progression between our year groups by focusing on what has been previously taught and focusing on what the children are working towards through a carefully planned progressive curriculum supported by White Rose maths and our Calculation Policy.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
• Prepare our children for life in an increasingly Mathematical and technological world today and in the future.
• Help our children acquire a growing understanding of the nature, processes and methods of Mathematical concepts.
• Encouraging open-mindedness, self-assessment, and perseverance.
• Develop the use of Mathematical language, recording, and techniques.
• Make links between Mathematics and other subjects.
At New Close Primary School, we aspire to promote children’s independence and for all children to take responsibility in their own learning.
To see our maths overviews click here
To see our calculation policy click here

A Mathematics Lesson

Mathematics lessons will focus on one aim from the overviews, broken down in to smaller steps enabling children to build up their knowledge and skills to reach mastery in that area. Each session should address issues from the previous lesson and include retrieval practise to support the children in retaining the information they have learned long term.  Teaching should be matched to pupils' attainment, with challenging and supportive teaching, and appropriately timed intervention.

Teachers use the agreed planning format (yr1-6) to plan their lessons and the structure is carefully considered, with representations and models used to aid understanding and varied examples to fully expose the underlying structure. Teachers should highlight the key vocabulary for the session and teach this explicitly as part of each lesson. Opportunities for ‘Diving Deeper’ should be used throughout the lesson as a means of stretching the pupils further.

Teachers use an episodic approach in mathematics lessons giving them opportunities for formative assessment and feedback at different stages of the session.