At Ashburnham we aim to provide our children with a high quality mathematical education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject. We believe that mathematics is a creative discipline which should be incorporated in all areas of the curriculum. Mathematics equips children with a powerful set of tools that they can use in everyday life.
Pupils at Ashburnham are involved in a wide range of activities which help them to be fluent, confident mathematicians able to learn concepts, solve problems, develop their mental skills and reason mathematically. Through regular and rigorous practice, they can embed these skills in any context and relate what they have learnt in class to the real world. Using practical resources provided, pupils often investigate tasks, working collaboratively in pairs or groups and independently. In addition, children are encouraged and expected to learn their times tables, number combinations and increase their knowledge of their number facts.
All year groups are teaching to ‘mastery’ using the national curriculum objectives. In Years 1 and 2, teachers are using ‘Inspire Maths’ textbooks. This is part of a government trial to improve the teaching of maths across the country. The textbooks are based on the books that are used in Singapore, are written by maths experts and are grounded in the principled of maths mastery. All other year groups are teaching using many of the principles from the textbooks.
Maths mastery is based around three principles; that conceptual understating is key; that children must be able to speak in full sentences and use correct mathematical vocabulary and that they can learn to think like mathematicians. Teaching to mastery uses problem solving as a way to promote these principles. The writers of the textbooks were involved in writing the 2014 Mathematics curriculum and therefore this approach is perfect for meeting the new, higher demands on children. The curriculum moves at a much slower pace, giving children the opportunity to ‘master’ skills and understanding before allowing them to be applied in other contexts.
One of the main aspects of ‘Maths Mastery’ is the Concrete – Pictorial- Abstract (CPA) approach which is being implemented from Reception all the way to Year 6. This approach insists on using concrete and pictorial representations of number before moving on to the abstract. Another belief is that all children can succeed at mathematics and that mistakes should be valued as part of the learning process. ‘Maths Mastery’ highlights the importance of the development of subject knowledge in teachers; something which Ashburnham Community School also strongly believes in.
Cross Curricular Links with maths:
Here at Ashburnham we are focused on teaching an integrated and inclusive curriculum. We draw out meaningful cross curricular links from Nursery to Year 6 and embrace the latest thinking and current good practice in mathematics teaching. In conjunction with the leadership team, class teachers plan into lessons, the use and application of mathematics across all subjects. This enables pupils to problem solve in any context, linking this to real life.
How parents can support their children with Mathematics:
If children are to be fluent in mathematics we believe they require quick and accurate recall of facts. Each week children are expected to rehearse these facts at home. Multiplication facts and number bonds can be rehearsed in many different ways, from playing games to using charts and computer programs. Each week your child will be sent home maths facts to learn and practise.