Our Mathematics coordinator:
Miss A Atkinson
Maths at Towngate Primary Academy
The intention of the maths curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy is that children are taught to become competent mathematicians; we strive to embed the skills and processes necessary to enable children to use and apply their Maths learning in a variety of contexts. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. Our approach to the teaching of mathematics develops children's ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate and discuss their thinking. By the end of Key Stage Two, children will leave our academy prepared for the next step in their mathematical education.
At Towngate, we recognise that in order for pupils to progress to deeper and more complex problems, children need to be confident and fluent across each yearly objective. To ensure consistent coverage across the academy, we use Abacus textbooks to provide age-appropriate fluency tasks for our pupils: in turn, practising key skills and allowing children be become confident when working on key strategies, calculations or methods. To ensure our pupils acquire a deeper understanding in their mathematical learning journey, we supplement our fluency resources by using the White Rose Maths Hub and Abacus schemes of learning to support the teaching of mathematics.
Within the Maths hub schemes of learning, each National Curriculum objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving; our teachers use the learning challenges to teach for mastery - an approach to extend and deepen the understanding of pupils within each year group. Our teaching staff use this document in conjunction with a range of high quality resources such as NRich and NCETM to support, stretch and challenge all learners within the classroom. We use the Abacus scheme of work to complement the Maths hub schemes, with a focus on developing fluency of mathematical concepts.
Key Stage One
Teaching throughout Key Stage One ensures that children in our academy are confident to manipulate numbers up to 100. The Key Stage One curriculum provides opportunities for children to develop their competency in place value and the four operations. A high focus is placed on concrete, pictorial and mental strategies to equip children with a readiness for more abstract concepts to be introduced in Key Stage Two. Teachers model correct mathematical vocabulary and children are expected to use this vocabulary to articulate their ideas.
Key Stage Two
Teaching throughout Key Stage Two builds on the solid foundations of the previous key stage. Children are introduced to formal calculation methods in Year Three and these are developed and built on each year in line with age related expectations. The frequent opportunities to reason and problem solve in real life contexts, provided by teachers, develops their conceptual understanding and prepares them for the statutory end of key stage assessments.
.Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term and children’s progress and attainment is discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Attainment and outcomes in mathematics have a prominent focus throughout our academy. The teaching of mathematics is monitored frequently by leaders through lesson observations, book scrutinies and pupil interviews.
For further information about our Mathematics curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy, please find attached annual curriculum overviews for each year group, alongside our calculation policy.
Year 6 Mathematics
In preparation for our end of key stage 2 assessments, pupils can access the SATS organiser: this is full of a range of SATs questions for each area of the curriculum, along with video tutorials for how to answer each of these questions! Please see Miss Eke for more information and click the link below.
' I love learning different methods and choosing one which suits me' - Year 6 pupil
' If I am struggling there is always a firend or an adult to help me and I'll remember it for next time' - Year 5 pupil
'I love to challenge myself and see when I have improved' - Year 4 pupil
'I love doing Timestable Rockstars at home and in school' - Year 3 pupil
' I love it when teachers teach us songs to help remember our timestables' - Year 2 pupil
'When I get older I will always know how much money I have and work out how much things cost' - Year 1 pupil
'The drop in morning was a lovely opportunity for the children to show their methods, we really enjoyed it!'
'It was lovely to see the children working through problems and having the chance to work as a team.'
'Thank you for the chance to see the children hard at work!'
'I really enjoyed seeing how well my child is progressing.'
'Thank you for the information booklet, it is helpful to see what we can practice at home.'
'Timestable club is a great idea for extra support and I will be encouraging my child to attend!'