Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and pattern in both number and space in their everyday lives. We believe that all children can achieve in mathematics. We believe that at each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate deep, conceptual understanding of a topic and build on this over time. We want children to be able to not only recall and use the maths taught but to also be able to transfer and apply it in different contexts, being able to reason and problem solve. This deep learning is what we are aiming for by teaching maths using the mastery approach. To find out more about Mastery please see our leaflet for families below.
Preston Grange has worked with the Great North Maths Hub and using materials from the NCTEM to develop a Mastery approach to teaching mathematics. We use the 5 big ideas of mathematics to ensure our teaching of mathematics is robust and effective in our daily mathematics lessons. We also have a daily fluency slot which we adapt to key priorities in maths. This year we are focusing on times tables. Please find below the sequence we use to ensure children have a deep understanding and recall of their times tables and times table cards to use at home incase you have mislaid the ones sent out by the class teacher.
Through our mathematics lessons at Preston Grange it is our aim to develop:
- Enjoyment and enthusiasm for mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics.
- Confidence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and knowledge.
- An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.
- An ability to solve problems, by applying their skills to a variety of routine and non-routine problems. To reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- An ability to reason mathematically and explain relationships using mathematical language.
- An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others.