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Maths

“We want to be challenged because we are curious, confident learners.”

Challenge: We need to be in the ‘learning pit’ to learn more.

Curious: We want to know how we got to our answer.

Confident: We always believe that we will achieve.

This Maths ethos underpins our approach to teaching mathematics so that children are exposed to opportunities where they can challenge themselves, are curious about their mathematical process and they are confident about being in the learning ‘pit’.

At Goodyers End Primary School, it is recognised and taught, that Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems whilst expressing their reasoning fluently.  It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives.

Mathematics is taught daily, beginning with an opportunity for the children to think about what they already know with a Pit Activity.  Following on from this, questioning from both teachers and pupils stimulates valuable mathematical discussion leading to further learning.  We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied, high-quality reasoning and problem-solving activities and investigations.  These serve to widen children’s experience of applying their mathematical fluency knowledge and skills in a broad range of contexts. At the end of the lesson, a 'Use Your Head' enables children to see the progression they have made every day.

We follow Maths No Problem (MNP) throughout the school which supports a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach (CPA) to teaching Mathematics.

Concrete – “Doing” stage.  This is where children are ‘doing’, with support of concrete resources in order to model problems, to help children visualise what is happening within the problem and the solution.

Pictorial – “Seeing” stage.  Children use visual representations to make the mental connection to the concrete objects so that they are able to visualise the problem in order for it to become more accessible.

Abstract – “Symbolic” stage.  Children are now using abstract symbols, the written form of maths to model and solve problems. 

We firmly believe that a secure understanding of mathematical concepts will provide our children with the foundations that prepare them for success in life beyond primary school.

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