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Mathematics at Glasshoughton Infant Academy

At Glasshoughton Infant Academy we aim to make every Maths lesson purposeful and enjoyable as we see Maths as a fundamental skill that children need to be equipped with through their education and beyond. We demonstrate to children at all opportunities how Maths is used in the wider world and that they, their adults at home and the wider community use Maths in the majority of things they do, from setting an alarm in the morning, to using money to pay for things, to reading scales to indicate how fast a car is travelling.

Teaching Maths

Early Maths is essential in developing aspiring mathematicians. Maths teaching begins in Nursery where pupils are introduced to early Maths. Pupils are taught what constitutes a number by exploring relationships between them by comparing, ordering and sorting. They are taught to take risks and make mistakes then investigate and solve problems to enable them to reason about their answer. Pupils are exposed to number in the environment, both within the Nursey grounds and the wider community. This teaching is then progressive through Reception and KS1, building on prior knowledge, whilst addressing misconceptions to ensure no pupil is left behind.

The Mastery Approach

We use a Mastery approach to Maths whereby we incorporate fluency, problem solving and reasoning into every lesson. The key aim at school is to deepen children’s knowledge of a concept, not to move children on to a new year group curriculum or ‘harder’ work. Fluency, problem solving and reasoning are intertwined into every lesson to allow children to be able to achieve a greater depth of knowledge.

The Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach

We use a concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach throughout a unit of Maths which supports in differentiation. The concrete approach is where children are encouraged to use manipulatives in the classroom such as counters, cubes and Base 10. The concrete stage allows children to physically manipulate resources, helping them to visualise their learning later on. The Pictorial stage is where children are supported in drawing representations that will help them with their Maths. This may include a Part Part Whole model, a tens frame or a number line. The Pictorial stage allows children to draw the Maths rather than create it. The abstract stage is where children use their knowledge from the concrete and pictorial opportunities to work out number sentences without having to use manipulatives or drawings. Children can move through the CPA approach at any point to aid their understanding.

The 5 big ideas

Teachers follow the 5 big ideas for mastery Maths, incorporating the following into every lesson; variation, fluency, mathematical thinking, representation and structure and coherence.

Same Day Intervention

Through assessment for learning, adults in the class identify when children do not understand a concept, this is then followed by Same Day Intervention (SDI) which can be led by the class teacher or support staff. Same Day Intervention recaps knowledge from within the lesson. Adults may choose to revert back to the concrete or pictorial stage during SDI to support children’s learning so that they can move in line with their peers. Specific children may also be chosen for pre-teach to develop understanding before a lesson to allow them to feel more confident in the learning.

Maths across the curriculum

Maths is present across different areas of the curriculum and is particularly successful in Science, Technologies, Engineering and the Arts (STEAM), providing children with opportunities to apply their Maths learning in other areas if the curriculum.

Daily diet

There are ample opportunities within a school day to develop children’s Maths skills outside of the Maths lesson, including through the use of a Daily Diet whereby children will be expected to recall Maths skills such as what time it is or how many children are present at different points in the day.

Maths at home

Children are supported to develop fluency skills through regular fluency checks. Children have fluency cards that they take home which have identified facts that children need to know for their year group. We also have apps that supplement learning at home, including Numbots, TT Rockstars and Doodle Maths. We support Parents with Maths at home by sending home Maths packs which include representations such as the Part Part Whole, number lines, times tables facts and formation cards. We also include Parent Calculation Policies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to share what happens in the classroom at home.

Reducing Maths anxiety

At Glasshoughton Infant Academy we feel very strongly about developing confident Mathematicians. We work very hard to conquer Maths anxiety within children through a carefully planned curriculum, high quality interventions and themed days.

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