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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Maths

Intent


At Oasis Academy Putney, we believe that all children should have the opportunity to ‘master’ maths.

  • We aim for all pupils to:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and developing a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately.

Implementation

 

In school, we use Mathematics Mastery planning sequences to provide the children with a cumulative maths curriculum. Children make rich connections across mathematical ideas and develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.

Our Mathematics Mastery lessons follow a six-part lesson structure that ensures the children can:

Develop conceptual understanding

  • Connecting and representing maths in different ways

Use mathematical language

  • Explaining, justifying and proving maths using mathematical language

Think mathematically

  • Exploring mathematical concepts by sorting, comparing and pattern seeking

 

The six-part lesson:

Do now
A 5 minute task that supports children’s mathematical fluency. This part of the lesson can be used to revisit previous learning or to prepare children for the upcoming lesson(s).

New learning
The learning objective and the star words are read aloud. A new concept is explored using concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to support conceptual understanding.

Talk task
Children practise the new concept with a partner and focus on using mathematical language accurately.

Develop learning
The concept is develop by using multiple representations and the children are encouraged to think mathematically by sorting, comparing and pattern seeking.

Independent task
Children apply their learning by completing an independent task. They complete 5 examples and then move onto a challenge. Teachers provide children with appropriate challenge by using the Mathematics Mastery ‘Ideas for depth’. Alternatively, problem solving resources from White Rose Maths, NRICH and NCETM are used.

Plenary
Celebrating success, addressing misconceptions or problem solving.

 

Impact

 

By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children will have rich connections between different mathematical concepts, will be able to use mathematical language accurately and will be able to think mathematically by sorting, comparing and pattern seeking.

These skills combined will help the children to solve problems. They will be able to apply their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. This will ensure children understand the importance of Maths and know that it can be used to support their future potential.

Finally, children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and by developing a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language. Children will have a positive attitude towards Maths as a result of engaging in appropriately challenged mathematical experiences.