Maths Curriculum at St. Oswald's 2018/19

At St Oswald’s we use a combination of the Mastery Curriculum guidance as well as MathsNoProblem Small steps to help plan our maths medium term plans. 

Mathematics lessons at St. Oswald's include discrete teaching and also application of skills through a topic based approach. We use various types of teaching styles to cater for all learning styles and try and make maths as fun and engaging as possible through co-operative learning techniques such as Kagan. We place a high value on mathematics and ensure that it is taught for at least 5 hours per week discretely. We currently use ongoing teacher assessment as well as Head Start Termly Assessments to assess children's progress and any gaps in understanding so that teachers can rapidly plug those gaps and develop greater flexibility in applying known skills. We are currentkly trialing a few different commertial assessments such as PUMA and NFER to decide if these will give more of an accurate benchmark of the children's attainment when compared to the DFE standardised age related scale. 

 

Fluency and Times Tables:

We teach maths fluency and times tables both in and outside the maths lesson for an extra 10 minutes a day during reistration (challenge time). The focus of this is to make sure there are the building blocks of mental methods and quick recall of number facts to enable the children to then tackle the more problem solving and reasoning questions within lessons. 

Times Tables Expectations:

A list of the sequence in which we teach times tables at St. Oswald's is as follows:

Year 2 - 2,5,10

Year 3 - 2,5,10,4,8,3

Year 4 - 2,5,10,4,8,3,6, 11, 12,7

Year 5&6 - All of the above with revision / emebedding and inverse operations (division) as well as square numbers.

End of Year Maths Expectations:

There are files attached to this page which show the relevent nd of year expectations for maths for each year group. 

We also use various practical resources such as Numicon to support our maths teaching. This resource set helps our children to make mathematical connections and to move from practical number activities to abstract calculations easily.

Here is a link to the Numicon webpage; you can access some free resources via the link.

https://global.oup.com/education/content/primary/teaching-support/pages/numicon/?region=uk

Homework

We include practical application of mathematics in our 'Take Away Homework' so that children can choose to engage in a meaningful task which challenges them to apply their skills.

We expected children to practise times tables each week from Year 1 (x1,x2,x5,x10) to Year 6 (up to x12). Teacher's will regualry assess the children's knowledge of times tables and their ability to apply this knowledge flexilbly (and the inverse).

Mathletics is an online resource purchased by school to allow the children to access up to date maths activities to support their learning at home. Parents can access the portal via their child's password to support their learning using the most up to date methods. 

Here is a useful link below which explains the recent research project showing the positive impact that Mathletics has on the attainment of children in their maths tests at Primary School:

http://www.3plearning.com/uk/mathletics/oxford-report/?dm_i=3187,56FR,2R4CPZ,F7LN,1

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