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Lee Chapel Primary School

Nominated as Essex School team of the year 2021

Maths

What is the vision of Maths at Lee Chapel?

We are firm believers in 'You enjoy what you are good at and you’re good at what you enjoy'. This underpins our approach to teaching Maths at Lee Chapel. As a school, we want children to enjoy maths and relish the pleasure and satisfaction they experience when they are successful.

Maths at Lee Chapel provides our children with the required knowledge of procedures and the ability to reason and problem solve at a level that prepares them for the next stage of their education. Ultimately, they will develop skills that can be applied in their secondary education and beyond.  

Our progressive scheme of work builds on prior knowledge and breaks the curriculum into manageable steps. Teachers are adaptable in their approaches to best suit the needs of the children, at any given time. Children are given adequate time to embed their knowledge and secure their understanding.

At Lee Chapel, we support a CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach. Using physical resources to develop mathematical connections alongside pictorial representations, with the children gradually moving towards a more visual and abstract application of strategies.  Effective modelling and questioning allow children to learn new skills before applying and practising.

New learning will incorporate skills and procedures from other areas of the maths curriculum that the children have already been taught. Ensuring children are comfortable solving multi-step problems and providing them with regular revision of prior learning.

 

Intent 

The constructs of lessons should be focused around engaging learners with teaching and tasks that deepens children’s understanding. To provide children with the skills that make them efficient problem solvers in mathematics and any other facet of life. As a part of lessons children develop skills, using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. Units are taught in accordance with the White Rose Hub scheme of work ensuring a balanced weighting of topics, whilst teachers prioritise key areas of the curriculum. White Rose also provides stimulus and ideas for engaging activities.

 

Implementation
At Lee Chapel, our expectations for Maths:

  • Whole school one-hour maths lesson per day from Reception to Year 6
  • RM Maths used as an intervention for children identified as being below age-related in Year 1 and Year 2.
  • Junior classes take part in a weekly ‘Marvellous Maths’ session which consists of children being exposed to new learning or consolidating through activities or games.
  • Upper and Lower Junior Maths House competitions.
  • Entry into external Maths competitions.

 

Impact

Children are formally assessed three times per year (once per term). Assessments used are from the White Rose Hub so that it mirrors the scheme being used. Teachers continually assess children on a day-to-day basis. Assessing whether they have met and are a secure in their understanding of a Learning Objective.  Ultimately, we want children to apply the skills they have developed to solve mathematical problems in the classroom and beyond.

 

Maths Lead

Curriculum Progression for Maths

Calculation Policy