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We believe that mathematics should be relevant and applicable to the needs of children and their future role in society, as well as enjoyable for its own sake. We follow the guidelines laid down in the National Curriculum and in daily lessons children are taught the basic concepts of mathematics, including tables. Children tackle a range of activities and tasks, using lots of mental maths and an emphasis is put on developing a number of mental strategies to solve mathematical problems. Standard written methods are taught when appropriate. At different times children will work individually, in pairs, in ability groups and as a whole class.

 

The use of Maths games, investigations, problem-solving and practical activities consolidate learning. In this way children can not only work out the correct solutions, but can develop the ability to explain their thinking, apply their understanding to new situations and work with confidence developed through on sound mathematical skills.

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Big Maths

Big Maths is a new way of looking at the Primary

Mathematics curriculum. It is based upon five principles:

 

  • Children become numerate through following a natural sequence of progression – we call these steps ‘Progress Drives’.
  • Children need to have basic skills in order to use them – we call these basic skills ‘Core Numeracy’ and the use of them ‘Outer Numeracy’.
  • Children acquire the basic skills through CLIC: a four stage process:

 

Counting (children learn to count and to ‘count on’)

Learn Its (children recall their ‘counting on’ as facts).

It’s Nothing New (children then ‘swap the thing’ to realise that the counting fact, or ‘Learn It’, can be applied to any object, amount or unit of measure).

Calculation (the previous 3 phases are combined to provide a calculation structure).

 

  • Children need a structured and regular basic skills session in order to become properly numerate. We will hold a daily CLIC session, with plenty of repetition, revisiting and reinforcement to ensure children keep moving up the Progress Drives.
  • The CLIC framework ensures continuity across the school.
     

When using Progress Drives we will follow a 5 stage model that puts the child at the heart of the learning experience:

  • Know which step the learner is currently at (current attainment).
  • Know the next step (this comes from subject knowledge).
  • Re-locate the learner by teaching him / her well (this ‘next location’ comes from subject expertise, i.e. we apply our subject knowledge in a teaching and learning situation).
  • Check the learner has re-located by assessing collaboratively (this requires a further assessment).
  • Communicate the next location to the learner as a target.
     

Outer Numeracy

This has four main areas:

  • Maths Breadth: this includes wider subject areas within the Mathematics curriculum, such as measures, probability etc.
  • Problem Solving: these are purely mathematical problems that in Big Maths we rephrase as ‘Number Challenges’
  • Word Problems: these are mathematical problems wrapped up in a real life scenario. In Big Maths we rephrase these as ‘Real Life Maths’
  • Multi-methods: here we look at different ways of solving the same Mathematics question. The focus here is on efficiency rather than on understanding, and this leads us to look at the Column Methods for Calculation.
     

FAB Maths

One of the key teaching strategies from Big Maths is to provide children with a ‘brain only’ way of solving questions. However, the development of mental maths is not left to chance, there is a deliberate and strong structure that leaves all children empowered to think quickly, accurately and therefore successfully! This happens through a three part process called FAB:

 

F is for Full: We start off with a full written method that is high on understanding.

A is for Abridged: Now we take the writing away, gradually, over time while training the brain to hold numbers in the head.

B is for Brain: Finally, children are left with the ability to solve the question with nothing except their mind.

Please click on the documents below to read our calculation policies:

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  • Market Drayton Junior School,
  • Alexandra Road,
  • Market Drayton,
  • Shropshire, TF9 3HU
  • Tel. 01630 652769
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