Helpful Maths Tools
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Rushey Green we aim for children to become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics. Children are also taught to reason mathematically and solve problems by applying their Mathematical knowledge and understanding.
To ensure whole school consistency and progression, we use the White Rose Maths scheme alongside Power Maths resources.
New concepts are shared within the context of an initial related problem, which children are able to discuss in partners. This initial problem-solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning, as well as promoting an awareness of Maths in relatable real-life contexts that link to other areas of learning.
In KS1, these problems are almost always presented with objects (concrete manipulatives) for children to use. Children may also use manipulatives in KS2.
Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. Teachers lead children through strategies for solving the problem, including those already discussed.
Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems as well as exploratory and investigative tasks.