Pure mathematics is, in its own way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein
Maths provides children with the building blocks to help them understand the world around them. It is a fantastic opportunity to generate curiosity and independence in the children, which in turn will improve the children’s resilience and perseverance.
We use a programme called Effective Maths to support our Maths teaching. Effective Maths is a mastery approach, which allows for skills to be revisited to ensure it has been retained. The Effective Maths slides are reflective of the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach and this is facilitated throughout the sessions. The Mastery approach is made up of 5 big ideas;
- Coherence - lessons are broken down into small connected steps that gradually build up to the concept
- Representation and Structure - representations used expose the mathematical structure being taught
- Mathematical Thinking - ideas should not just be passively received, but be worked on by the student through reasoning opportunities and discussions
- Fluency - being able to use different areas of maths flexibly throughout different contexts
- Variation - making sure concepts are being taught in a variety of ways to develop a deep and holistic understanding.
Slick instructional routines are essential for effective whole class teaching. Extended partner practice is a feature of lessons. Lessons have a strong focus on developing conceptual understanding, promoting pupil discussion through active partner work and looking at different strategies to solve problems.
The lessons provided focus on:
- place value
- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division
- money and decimals
- length, perimeter and area
- patterns and relationships
A strong focus on reasoning runs through the above.