Maths at Tattingstone Primary School
We are part of one of 35 Maths Hubs in the country – Norfolk and Suffolk. The Maths Hubs programme brings together mathematics education professionals in a collaborative national network of 35 hubs, each locally led by an outstanding school or college, to develop and spread excellent practice, for the benefit of all pupils and students.
The Maths Hub programme has provided training for delivering a mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics in our school. Teachers from each hub have visited Shanghai in China to observe high quality teaching of Maths. They have then disseminated the good practice to other schools within each hub. Such approach to teaching Maths is called Mastery.
Mastery is an approach which means learning is sufficiently:
In order for it to be:
Further explanation can be found here
As a school, we have focused on teaching children concepts with physical objects, pictorial representations and lastly as a calculation. The ideology behind this is to give the Maths a purpose and also to provide children with concrete learning opportunities before introducing an abstract concept. To see this teaching sequence in action, please look at our Calculation Policy, which we have adapted from the White Rose Maths Hub.
We are also using the White Rose Plans to structure our teaching and are trialling their assessments. These materials are very challenging and focus on developing the children’s reasoning skills. In addition, we use the NCETM website which also has links to NRich activities.
A second focus is to improve children’s fluency in recalling key number facts. We have introduced rolling numbers to learn our times tables. You can view what this involves on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHESwfaU0CE
After direct teaching, all pupils have the opportunity to undertake a task of varying challenge, from red (easiest), yellow, green and blue being the most difficult. As we have mixed age classes, the red task will be aimed at just below the expectation for the lowest year group within a class. Yellow task at expectation for the lower year group, green is at expectations for the higher year group and blue is above the higher year group. Of course, they maybe exceptions to this according to the lesson.
Each class also has a “challenge box.” This contains Maths challenges at a mastery level for those pupils who may finish a blue task and seek further challenge.
Doodle Maths is an online programme/app which can be downloaded onto a lap top, tablet or phone. The programme begins with an assessment of your child’s needs and then sets very repetitive tasks for them to do, which help develop and embed their concepts, skills and understanding. Children only need to spend 5-10 minutes a day on their Doodle Maths for it to have a positive impact on their progress.
Every child has their own log in for Doodle Maths, which have been sent home. If yours has been misplaced, either ask your class teacher or Mrs McCulloch for a new log in.
Most importantly, we are looking for ways to make our teaching of Maths fun, engaging and purposeful for our pupils. Taking part in NSPCC’s Number Day was a great example of showing that. We also look for opportunities to make Maths cross curricular and are looking towards having a Maths Week in school with links to outdoor learning.
Want to do more at home?
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