At Christ Church Primary School, we equip pupils with a range of mathematical skills that will be useful and important to them every day of their life. We practise mathematical skills daily so that children become fluent in basic number facts such as their timestables; we also develop their ability to explain their mathematical thinking, and we develop their ability to solve problems in many different areas of mathematics.
How do we teach Mathematics?
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, at the beginning of the year, children have two days dedicated to learning maths, which develops into a daily lesson as the year progresses. From Year 1 to Year 6. every child begins their day with a mathematics lesson. We use the White Rose Mathematics resources to provide the long term plan for mathematics as well as guidance for appropriate activities, as well as ideas for challenging activities from the National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics and 'I can see reasoning' resources.
A daily mathematics lesson includes practising mental and oral skills, reasoning activities, problem solving - which we call star challenges.
We use a variety of teaching strategies to keep the children engaged and motivated (including paired work, group work, interactive games, practical activities and the use of ICT).
The children are continually assessed by their teachers during the lesson, and weekly as a Friday challenge. Additionally, we carry out half termly assessments on the topics that have been covered during that half term.