Mathematics at Grove Road
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy. A high-quality maths 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. (DfE 2014)
A high value is placed upon maths within the curriculum at Grove Road. Through a structured daily Singapore maths session, teachers make full use of the interactive whiteboards and children are able to answer questions and play maths activities that help stimulate their learning.
In the Foundation Stage, children make full use of classroom resources to develop their mathematical understanding. They use the water and sand trays to work on number skills and work on a range of child initiated activities.
Through Years 1 to 6 we use a coherent programme of high-quality materials and exercises, which are structured with great care to build deep conceptual knowledge alongside developing procedural fluency.
Our KS1 and KS2 teachers use textbooks and workbooks from the ‘Maths - No Problem!’ series, which is based on the principles of how Mathematics is taught in Singapore and aligned with the National Curriculum 2014, to support their planning and delivery of Mathematics teaching.
The ‘Maths - No Problem!’ textbooks and workbooks are arranged in chapters and, over the course of the academic year, all units of the National Curriculum 2014 are covered.
The short term planning is done weekly, with teachers planning learning objectives, identifying possible misconceptions, key vocabulary and ways to challenge pupils. If the needs of the children are best met following an alternative plan, which deviates from the National Curriculum 2014, then the class teacher and the SENCO discuss this and decide on a way forward.
The use of Mathematics resources is integral to the concrete – pictorial – abstract approach and thus planned into our learning and teaching. We have a wide variety of good quality equipment and resources, both tangible and ICT based, to support our learning and teaching. These resources are used by our teachers and children in a number of ways including:
Maths passports are a personalised way of learning mental maths skills as the children are challenged in the passport that is appropriate for the level they are working at. They progress at their own speed onto the next stage. Passport targets are incorporated into the weekly maths sessions where teachers feel a genuine link can be made; although sessions may also be taught independent of the daily maths session. Children are assessed against their level of independence before moving onto the next target.