The Maths Lead is Molly Howe
Mastering skills and knowledge, to solve real life problems
We believe that it is vital for all our pupils to develop a deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths. We aim to provide strong, secure learning and real progress.
Through our maths teaching we work to create assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. We encourage our pupils to ask questions, make relationships between number and approach problem solving in creative ways. By doing so we hope children will become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.
At Melbourne Primary school, children complete maths lessons, which follow the White Rose Maths scheme. This scheme aims to develop mastery in maths, whilst ensuring complete coverage of the Primary National Curriculum for mathematics.
The scheme provides a detailed, structured curriculum that is mapped out in small carefully sequenced steps, ensuring continuity and progression. It ensures that fundamental skills and knowledge are secured and mastered before pupils can move to the next stage.
Lessons are carefully crafted in order to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. Whole class discussions and precise questioning during lessons ensures that pupils develop fluent technical proficiency and think deeply about the underpinning mathematical concepts. A variety of concrete and pictorial representations are used to introduce and explore a concept effectively.
Practice and consolidation play a central role of maths lessons. Carefully constructed exercises and problems enable all pupils to develop conceptual understanding alongside procedural fluency. Teachers use specific questioning to test conceptual and procedural knowledge and assess pupils regularly to identify those requiring interventions. This allows pupils’ difficulties and misconceptions to be identified and addressed through immediate formative assessment and rapid intervention - commonly through individual or small group support.
We endeavour to teach lessons that are stimulating and interesting in addition to keeping a keen eye on the fact that many mental skills need hard work and regular practice. Across school children will practice their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills, by taking part in 4 operation quizzes, along with completing key fact questions to help in recalling key mathematical terms and facts. In addition to this we complete "Number Bond" and "Times Table Challenges". Children practice these over the week and then have a test on Friday to see if they can complete the challenge and move on to the next level.
To support learning we use a variety of IT resources, and over in the "Learning Resources" section there are links to websites that can be used at home with your children, with fun interactive challenges and games.
Please also have a look at our 'White Rose Maths for Parents' section to the left to for information about our learning schemes.