At Oaklands, we provide a curriculum that fosters a love of mathematics and prepares children for their futures. Children develop their confidence and learn to be resilient when meeting mathematical challenges. Fluency of key facts are at the heart of every lesson and children can confidently talk through their mathematical thinking. They use their problem solving and reasoning skills to show their understanding of maths in a variety of contexts and can link concepts and ideas together.
In EYFS, children build their mathematical understanding through daily taught sessions as well as through stories and child initiated play. The environment supports early number recognition and development as well an understanding of shape, space and measure. Continuous assessment informs planning and delivery to ensure children make rapid progress.
Across the school, we use the structure of the White Rose Maths scheme to support the delivery of high quality lessons. Learning is delivered in blocks; this allows children to focus on one concept at a time. When confident to do so, children are set tasks to extend their thinking and encourage them to reason and problem solve.
Maths lessons are taught daily and are broken down into four elements. At the start of the lesson, teachers develop children’s mathematical vocabulary and oracy skills. This is followed by teaching which stretches and supports children’s understanding using a variety of questions in varying formats. Children then complete a task, either independently or as part of a group to demonstrate their skills. Further problem solving and reasoning challenges provide depth and breadth of learning and allow the teacher to assess the understanding during the lesson.
Our Key Instant Recall facts (KIRFs) support children to have the core skill in maths such as pairs of numbers that make 10, timetables and place value. We want our children to be able to recall and retain facts quickly. These fluency skills are explicitly taught through key skills sessions.
Throughout the school, children use resources such as counters to aid their understanding and only move on to more abstract thinking when their understanding is secure. Assessment forms an important element of our curriculum. Questioning, observing, marking and termly papers help to identify any misconceptions or gaps in knowledge. Any child who needs further support has access to rapid intervention tailored to their needs.
As a result of our teaching at Oaklands, children will:
At Oaklands our Numeracy curriculum follows the White Rose scheme. We carefully plan to ensure all children are taught concepts, skills and ideas that build on each other through every year group.
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The White Rose Maths Progressions are a series of skills that children need to master in order to progress onto more challenging steps. These have been carefully planned to help children gradually develop their skills.
At Oaklands we have devised a progressive set of skills and facts form Reception to Year 6 that have been taken from the National Curriculum. These form the basis of key skills lessons within the classroom and support children to be able to instantly recall important facts to support their learning in maths.
As a school, we practise our mental arithmetic skills daily through taught sessions as well as independent practise. Our 99 Club encourages children to develop confidence and speed in their times table recall.
This government guidance is in line with our KIRFs and Maths Skills Progression documents. For more information, please click on the following link.
Please find below a range of resources and links that will support you in helping you child.
We understand that some of the methods we use to teach the children in school may be different to how you were taught. Please look at our Calculation Policy to see how we teach in each year group.
For Numeracy, children in EYFS, Year 2, Year 4 and Year 6 take part in statutory testing. Please find below Parents’ Guides as well as short videos to give you more information