Maths at Carrington Junior School
The best way to learn maths is to do maths.
As a school we will provide a high quality mathematics education that focuses on a ‘mastery ‘ approach. We will ensure that all our children are able to build mathematical fluency and understanding by introducing concepts using practical equipment and pictoral images.
At the heart of our lessons, children will be engaged in logical reasoning, problem solving and the ability to think in abstract ways, allowing them to develop resilience and a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards maths. Collaborative learning provided opportunities for mathematical talk as a means to promote and enhance learning.
There are strong links between mathematics and science in our curriculum. Mathematics enables is a key skill for pupils, enabling them to interact with the wider world as a confident citizen.
At Carrington Junior School we follow the Power Maths scheme, which is based around mastery learning methods. Mastery is a deep and conceptual understanding of the whole breadth of mathematics.
concrete – pictoral – abstract
We learn through the use of concrete resources, pictures and discussion which help us to gain a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. When we are ready we then apply our learning to a range of increasingly challenging questions.
Pupils develop the use of precise mathematical vocabulary to explain their ideas through the use of stem sentences and partner discussion.
Everyone works on the same mathematical ideas within a lesson, with some pupils working at a greater level of challenge within the concept. Everyone uses concrete resources to develop their understanding of new concepts and to explain their answers to questions. Once mathematical fluency has been developed with a particular concept, pupils move on to reasoning and problem solving questions.
All pupils experience reasoning and problem solving questions as part of their partner work.
Power Maths is aligned with White Rose Maths, which is also used to provide challenge and breadth to the work we do in maths.