How do we implement Maths?
How do we implement our Maths curriculum?
We follow the White Rose Scheme from Year 3 – 6. There is also a daily Maths Fluency session to develop fluency and practise key numeracy skills. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon their learning. To ensure consistency between our classes, all classes use the yearly overview for the relevant year group. White Rose promotes blocks of learning to allow children the time to fully master a concept before moving on. To ensure that key skills taught early in the year are not forgotten by the end, long term plans for each year group indicate when concepts should be revisited, either through a ten-minute discreet session or during the daily Maths lesson as appropriate. Throughout the school, displays including working walls provide a rich osmosis for learning. A weekly 99 club in each year group ensures that we are regularly practicing our times tables. The 99 Club is a mental-oral starter at St Margaret’s which aims to raise standards in Maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems.
The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme is resulting in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.
All pupils begin 11 Club and work their way up, having one opportunity per week during the start of one of their Maths lessons to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes. If all of the calculations are answered correctly twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level.