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:
- Be engaged, highly motivated and resilient and ready to learn in maths.
- Rapidly recall a range of key facts including their times tables.
- Confidently verbalise their thinking and demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways when solving problems.
- Have a secure level of mathematics that adequately prepares them for their next stage of learning.