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Turvey Primary School

Turvey Primary School

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Mathematics is a key part of our Curriculum and teachers reinforce the expectation that all pupils are capable of achieving highly in this subject.  The curriculum is delivered through a mastery approach to teaching.   The focus is on the development of deep structural knowledge and the ability to make connections. Making connections in mathematics deepens knowledge and ensures that skills and knowledge are retained over time. 

The curriculum is broken into small carefully sequenced steps, which are mastered by the pupils before moving to the next step. Concrete and pictorial representations of mathematics are used to aid understanding before moving to abstract concepts.   There are lessons where the emphasis is on technique and the teaching is quite directive in order to secrure fundamental skills and knowledge. In other lessons direction is less evident and through carefully chosen activities and questioning the children are steered to discover the rules, patterns or properties of numbers or shapes for themselves.  

Maths lessons are active and the children are encouraged to discuss their work and develop their reasoning skills.  It is very important that they can make logical deductions and apply their mathematical skills to problem solving.

Throughout the school, the lessons are tailored to meet the needs of each and every child, and the teachers plan for a range of abilities within each class.

The children are provided with a range of apparatus and materials for support and follow a Calculation Policy which clearly outlines the steps they will take in their learning towards formal methods of written recording. 

In Reception class, the children learn through structured play and practical activities and discovery.  They acquire the basic skills of recognising and writing numbers, counting and beginning to understand the concept of calculation as a cornerstone of their mathematical understanding.

From Year 1 onwards, we have a daily hourly Maths lesson, but the children are also encouraged to use mathematical skills in practical situations throughout the school day.  Through enthusiastic teaching, and fun and engaging activities, the children develop both arithmetical fluency and conceptual understanding.

The emphasis is on Numeracy skills in KS1; knowledge of our number system, ordering numbers, and starting to appreciate the relative size of numbers. They learn the essential number facts which are a pre-requisite for development of mental calculation strategies.  Pupils are also taught about different shapes, and about a range of measures including time and money.

The principal focus of teaching in lower KS2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with numbers and the 4 operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. The children also work with simple fractions and decimal place value. They describe shapes and their properties and measure accurately.  There is greater focus on using and spelling a range of mathematical vocabulary.

In upper KS2, the pupils are expected to perform calculations using formal written methods and to have a thorough understanding of place value to 6 digits.  They will use their prior knowledge to manipulate fractions and decimals and extend this to percentages and ratios.  Knowledge of shape is deepened in respect of angles and dimensions. Algebraic skills are applied to problem solving. 

Parents can support their child’s mathematical development by playing games, practicing skills such as times tables, telling the time, using money and simply by relating Maths to real life situations as they arise.

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