Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving
St Dunstan’s uses a variety of teaching styles to cater for the variety of learning styles of pupils in maths lessons. Our principle aim is to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through a daily lesson that has high proportions of whole-class, group-direct teaching and individual, investigative work.
During these lessons we encourage children to ask and reason as well as answer mathematical questions. They have the opportunity to use a wide range of resources such as number lines, number squares, digit cards and small apparatus to support their work. Children use ICT in mathematics lessons where it will enhance their learning.
In all classes, there are children of differing mathematical ability. We recognise this fact and provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies – in some lessons through differentiated group work, and in other lessons by organising the children to work in pairs on open-ended problems or games.
We use teaching assistants where possible to provide appropriate support to individuals or to groups of pupils. Teaching assistants are also trained to deliver ‘catch up’ numeracy to children who need further support. ‘Catch up’ numeracy occurs outside of the daily mathematics lesson.
Aims and purposes of Numeracy
Maths teaching should contribute to the acquisition of life-long skills and promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
Through our provision we aim that children:
• will be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems, including those with real-life contexts, by choosing the appropriate operations
• can estimate the approximate size of the answer to check the reasonableness of their calculations
• will leave primary school with an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation
• develop a range of mental calculations strategies, aided by informal jottings where necessary
• are confident in the fundamentals of maths and be able to reason mathematically
• understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life
Assessment, Recording and Reporting
Assessment in maths is viewed as part of the assessment for learning cycle. Learning objectives and steps to success are shared with the children in every lesson. Children are provided with opportunities for self/peer-assessment and improvement. Marking is developmental and children are provided with next steps to extend their learning. Teachers monitor the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding through appropriate teacher intervention, observations and discussions with groups and individuals, and records of achievement in the key skills in maths for each year group are updated termly.
Parents' Maths Workshop
In the last week of spring term, Miss Neely organised a workshop for parents and carers of children in years 3,4 and 5. The sessions went very well - with lots of questions asked and answered! Parents attending said that they found the training very informative and beneficial so we will be rolling out the sessions to other parents, and in other areas of the curriculum.
Look out for further workshops - details in the newsletter.