At the Rissington School we have adopted a mastery approach to the teaching of Mathematics in order to deliver the three aims of the National Curriculum; fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Underpinning this pedagogy is a belief that all children can achieve in Maths. At The Rissington school we foster positive can do attitudes and promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’. We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps.
Having taken part in the Gloucestershire GLOW Maths Mastery workshop this year, we have learnt to use representations and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems. At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their current year group only. They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. Our intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all through the planning of a progressive scheme that will support and build on previously acquired knowledge and skills. Our curriculum in Mathematics forms a backbone to our school ethos statement; Aspire, Belong and Challenge.
As a school, we have a unique set up, whereby we are split across two sites. In order to cater for the mixed year planning and ensure consistency between the two sites, we have created a mixed year planning document that references the manageable learning steps set out by the Maths Nav planning tool. Each National Curriculum objective is broken down into step by step lessons. Teachers follow these objectives throughout each unit of work and support their planning using the White Rose teaching resources.
We ensure that Maths is taught in creative and engaging lessons using a wide array of maths manipulatives to aid and support our children in their learning. Each classroom is equipped with a Maths resource centre for children to independently access resources. Computing is used widely across each year group to deliver the maths curriculum, whilst offering pupils with a range of exciting activities. We aim to encourage the deepest of learning for our children so that their knowledge can be transferred and applied in many contexts including other subjects across the curriculum and their everyday lives. To do this we ensure that Maths is not confined to the classroom. We take Maths outside at least once a week. We also run an intervention program called ‘Maths on the move’ whereby objectives are taught through physical activity. Maths is widely promoted across the school and our classrooms and communal spaces all have working walls and displays that model high quality learning and vocabulary choices.
Within all units of work we aim for all pupils to:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
· be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
· reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
· have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
We strive to create independent mathematicians who are well equipped to apply their learning to the wider world. We want all pupils at The Rissington School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.