Mathematics at Gosfield Community Primary School
At Gosfield Primary, we use a Maths Mastery teaching approach as we strongly believe that this aids in the success of our learners from reception to year 6.
Intent of Mathematics at Gosfield.
At Gosfield, we are committed to ensuring that all of our students become fluent in the foundations of mathematics, are able to problem solve mathematically and apply their knowledge in a range of contexts. We aim to ensure that children can recognise the importance of mathematics in world, so that they are able to use mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of situations. We aspire for all children to enjoy mathematics and to develop a deep and sustained conceptual understanding so that they can continue to experience success in this subject. During the time the pupils spend at Gosfield Primary, we believe that all pupils will achieve mastery of mathematics by acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
Implementation of Mathematics at Gosfield.
Mathematics is taught coherently and sequentially in Years 1 to 6 using a combination of the White Rose Maths, Target your Maths and Maths Shed. Units of learning are broken down into a series of small, connected steps with each building on the children’s prior learning. Each lesson focuses on one small step or a series of small steps. As we are a mixed year school, we have altered the White Rose yearly overview for year class to create a more structured classroom experience for all of the children.
Learning throughout the school is introduced using a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach so that pupils develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics through a variety of manipulatives and representations.
Teachers plan and deliver lessons to address the needs of all pupils with the use of scaffolding, skilful questioning, rapid intervention and carefully designed enriching activities. The vast majority of pupils progress through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace.
Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Teachers aim to rapidly address gaps in children’s understanding within the lesson and through targeted intervention outside of the lesson. Consistency in teaching mathematics across the entire school is achieved by teachers planning and delivering lessons with the aid of high-quality and rich resources.
Impact at Gosfield Primary School.
The impact of our curriculum on pupils’ development of mathematical knowledge and skills is measured formatively and summatively. Regular and ongoing assessment by teachers and the use of assessments informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. In-school moderation of teachers’ assessments are moderated regularly by the mathematics leader and senior leaders.
The mathematics leader rigorously monitors teaching and learning to ensure that pupils make good progress across the school. Upon completion of Year 6, our curriculum enables pupils to be fully prepared and equipped to successfully continue their mathematical learning journey at secondary school and in their later lives.