The West Lodge Maths syllabus follows the new 2014 National Curriculum and currently uses the Collins Busy Ants maths scheme. We are starting to explore concepts involved with maths mastery, and have begun implementing various techniques and strategies to strengthen our teaching and the children’s understanding of maths. There will now be an emphasis of problem solving and reasoning throughout all year groups, with more opportunities for investigative work. The school recognises and promotes the importance of concrete pictorial and abstract representations and we are implementing bar modelling strategies to strengthen mathematical understanding.
Mathematics is promoted throughout the school in a variety of ways. Children are being encouraged to explore mathematical topics through use of a variety of open-ended activities, and are being given opportunities to use and apply mathematics not only across the curriculum but also in the real world. Whole school maths days are being held annually and a House Maths Quiz has been introduced. Termly maths challenges are open for all children in the school to take part in, which includes activities across all topics covered in classes.
Children learn both formal and informal ways of calculation and methods for using the four rules of number, however a focus is now being placed on children being taught consistent methods which will be used throughout all their school years. Children in EYFS use both practical and, when appropriate, written activities to learn key mathematical concepts. Times tables are taught during Years 1 and 2 and are regularly practised in subsequent year groups to consolidate and deepen conceptual understanding. An emphasis is put on learning mental strategies and how these differ from written methods. Mental arithmetic tests are also completed regularly in KS1 and KS2.
Children are expected to work both independently and collaboratively in this subject, and is particularly evident when completing investigative work. Opportunities are given to children who are exceeding in this subject, with small group extension groups occurring both inside and outside the classroom. Those children who have difficulties with maths are given much support by teachers and TAs, as well as the SEND department.
Miss Ayling - Head of Mathematics