Maths at Holbrook
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Mathematical reasoning and problem solving give children the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a variety of ways. The National Curriculum requires children to be confident in both mental strategies and written methods.
At Holbrook, maths is taught through a Mastery approach to enable children to have a deeper understanding of these mathematical concepts. In order to achieve this, we use the White Rose Hub lesson ideas and our maths lessons include a range of mastery features:
- The lesson should be built through a series of small steps where links with prior learning are made clear.
- Fluency- the children regularly practise number facts for quick recall. A sound understanding of the number system is essential for children to carry out calculations efficiently and accurately.
- ‘Ping Pong’ style teaching where the teacher and children work through a series of concepts and questions together.
- Reasoning and problem solving are an integral part of all maths lessons as children are encouraged to explain answers and ask further questions to deepen their understanding.
- Understanding is embedded through a process of ‘concrete, pictorial and abstract’ learning. The children have access to a range of equipment to embed their understanding and are encouraged to use drawings or jottings to help them problem solve.
- During lessons, children have frequent opportunities to discuss questions and problem solve in pairs or as a class.