At the Dassett we teach our children to develop a deep and secure understanding of mathematical concepts based on the National Curriculum. This is through focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. At each stage, they learn facts, how to use these through mental and written calculation and when and which to use when problem solving. We have adopted and are developing a Mastery Approach across the school to deepen understanding of mathematical concepts.
In class children will progress through the curriculum at the same pace, support and intervention are used to enable children to grasp concepts and method and challenge and deepen understanding where necessary. Varied use of resources, models and images supports or challenges children. In all classes, concrete apparatus such as dienes, cubes, numicon and counters are available to use when necessary or appropriate. We also use images to support learning, such as bar models, part whole models and cherry models.
All children should develop recall of instant facts (KIRFS) to underpin the development of mental skills and key knowledge to tackle calculation and problem solving. Times table facts, key vocabulary and year group KIRFS should be taught explicitly to support fluency and reasoning.
Our reception teacher follows the Education Programme for Mathematics (DFE, March 2021) and through this delivers a curriculum that embeds mathematical thinking and talk. Through White Rose this is divided into ten phases and provides opportunities to develop understanding of number, shape, measure and spatial thinking. The key skills of ordinality, cardinality, equality, subitising, classification and conservation of number are the building blocks to future learning.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Teachers will provide children with a range of resources and experiences to practise their fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills. These may be drawn from providers such as White Rose, ECM and NCETM etc. Teachers will follow the block curriculum. (See White Rose Plan for each Year Group.)
By the end of Year 6, children will be equipped with efficient mental and written calculation methods, which they use with fluency. Decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next Step. At whatever Step in their learning, and whatever method is being used, children’s strategies must still be underpinned by a secure understanding and knowledge of number facts that can be recalled fluently.
When children leave The Dassett Primary School they:
· Should be able to recall number facts with fluency,
· Have developed conceptual understanding through being able to visualise key ideas – such as those related to place value - through experience with practical equipment and visual representations;
· Are confident to reason both verbally and in writing, using correct spelling and vocabulary
· Make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and part answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads;
· Have an efficient, reliable, written method of calculation for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
· Are able to make connections between all four number operations, understanding how they relate to one another, as well as how the rules and laws of arithmetic can be applied.