At Julian’s we aim to develop:
- a positive attitude towards mathematics as an engaging, relevant and exciting subject
- a growth mindset and resilience so that children can learn and problem solve free from maths anxiety
- language and communication so that learners can scaffold, articulate and express their ideas using correct mathematical vocabulary
- deep conceptual understanding built on experiencing mathematical concepts in a varied way through a concrete – pictorial – abstract approach
- fluency and rapid recall of key number facts to free up cognitive load, enabling pupils to work efficiently
How we do this:
We use a mastery approach to teaching mathematics throughout the school. The emphasis here is always on depth of conceptual understanding over shallow superficial learning arising from racing ‘up’ the curriculum. We use a small steps approach. Each concept is broken down into many small steps and these are taught so that misconceptions are carefully pre-empted and unpicked. The children develop deep conceptual understanding through a concrete-pictorial- abstract approach. Their understanding of concepts is probed and deepened further through use of multiple variations in the presentation of questions and visual models; by experiencing variation they grow to understand the essential core features of a concept.
In Nursery and Reception a mastery approach is used to ensure the foundations of maths are laid securely.
The mastery approach is further embedded as children progress through KS1 using the White Rose Small Steps Progression units of work to guide our teaching and learning.
In Years 3-6 we follow the Power Maths mastery small steps progression plans.
Key Instant Recall Facts are embedded systematically throughout the school using KIRF targets and assessments.