At Lyminster Primary School, we believe that all children can achieve and master mathematics, and that every child can acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject. Skills are broken down into small steps, and are delivered through ‘teaching for mastery’. This involves supporting all learners with securing new learning, before providing a range of opportunities for them to apply and deepen their understanding. In line with the National Curriculum, our main aims are for children to be fluent, to reason and to problem solve. Please see the National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study for a detailed outline of what is taught in every year group. At Lyminster, we spend time at the start of each year making sure that foundations in number and place value are secure. Children who have a good grasp of number will feel much more confident when learning about other areas of maths.
As a (UNCRC) Rights Respecting school, we believe that all children have a right to education which develops their abilities as much as possible. We strive to set work that is challenging and motivating, along with tasks that encourage children to talk about what they have learnt. Throughout the school, our children have opportunities to learn new skills using a range of mathematical equipment and aids to support them with visualising the how and why behind their learning. Providing time for children to use concrete resources and visual representations brings concepts to life and can support pupils with their learning. Once new learning is fluent, we deepen our children’s understanding using problem-solving and reasoning tasks. In these activities, children are encouraged to explain, justify and generalise; represent ideas in a variety of ways; see connections between concepts; work systematically and solve problems of greater complexity with creativity and imagination. There are opportunities for children to take part in individual, paired, group and whole class activities during maths lessons, and for them to apply their skills within real-life contexts through wider curriculum subjects.
At Lyminster Primary School, we provide opportunities for children to develop their fluency in mental maths across the school, and recognise that both arithmetic (number facts) and mental calculation are vital. We develop ‘Mental Magicians’ from Year 2 as a way of encouraging and motivating children to learn the important number bonds and times tables facts. In addition, children are provided with opportunities to learn a range of mental and written calculation strategies and are encouraged to decide and justify which method is most appropriate for the task at hand.