Curriculum Leader: Ms Jacqui Dale
Mathematics is essential to everyday life and teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems in a variety of contexts. At Reynolds Academy, we endeavour to develop each pupil individually and personally, to promote enthusiasm, confidence and a love of mathematics itself, and to provide children of all ages with a foundation for understanding the world through the delivery of a high-quality mathematics education.
To ensure consistency and progression at Reynolds Academy, every class from Early Years Foundation Stage to Year 6 follows the nationally recognised White Rose Maths scheme. This scheme of learning is designed to support a mastery approach to teaching and learning, as well as to support the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum.
The White Rose Maths scheme has number at its heart and a lot of time is spent reinforcing number to build children's competency in the subject. It also provides opportunities to build reasoning and problem-solving into each lesson. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks and these teaching blocks are broken down into smaller steps to help children understand mathematical concepts better. This approach means that our children do not cover too many concepts at once, which could lead to cognitive overload. Once a mathematical concept is covered, it is revisited and developed further across the year.
At our school, the majority of children will be taught the content from their year group only. For those children who are quick to grasp new content, each lesson phase provides the means for children to achieve greater depth through rich and sophisticated problems, within the lesson as appropriate. Children who are not sufficiently fluent are included in whole class lessons and teachers aim to provide scaffolding and relevant support as necessary to facilitate their progress. As part of our catch-up recovery curriculum, those children who need additional support, to focus on preceding mathematical topics, will be offered support in addition to their maths lessons to enable them to have the best opportunity possible to succeed.
When children are introduced to a new concept, they have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand what they are doing. Alongside this, children are encouraged to use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems. Both concrete and pictorial representations aim to support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
Here at Reynolds Academy, children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss misconceptions with their peers and staff alike and are encouraged to explore, apply and evaluate their mathematical approach during investigations to develop a deeper understanding when solving different problems. We place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work and class discussions. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone the opportunity to ‘talk like a mathematician’.
To supplement our learning here at Reynolds Academy, children in KS1 and KS2 have access to 'Times Table Rock Stars' which is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. On Times Table Rockstars, children have the opportunity to practise at home and at school, to improve their Rock Speed and climb the Rockstar ranks! Children are rewarded with virtual coins for each correct answer, which they can spend on upgrading their personal rock avatar.
In addition to this, children in Years 5 and 6 have access to ‘Mangahigh’ which offers exciting and engaging maths games and activities to aid understanding of maths concepts and build further depth of knowledge. All the content is aligned to the National Curriculum. Children have the opportunity to practise on Mangahigh at school and can continue their learning at home to reinforce what is taught in school, practice tricky concepts and offer further challenges for your children. Mangahigh provides a safe environment that provides the right level of challenge to allow your children to achieve their best.
White Rose progression documents: Year 1 - 6
Times Tables Rock Stars: