At St John’s, we use the White Rose Education Mathematics Scheme to support and scaffold the children’s mathematical thinking, knowledge and progression of skills from Y1 to Y6. White Rose Maths uses a Maths Mastery approach and ensures consistency across year groups in terms of building mathematical understanding of representation, vocabulary and the structure of mathematics. Our aim is to enable our children to gain mathematical fluency and a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts.
Our intent for our Mathematics curriculum is outlined in the below documents, along with our children’s mathematical journey through the school.
NCETM Mathematics Hub Engagement
To aid the ongoing development of Mathematics in school, our Reception, Y1 and Y2 teaching staff and our school Mathematics Subject Leader are all working with our local NCETM Maths Hub. This year, one of our primary aims is to develop the use of Mastering Number as an additional daily Mathematics session for our EYFS, Y1 and Y2 children to increase number sense and number fact fluency.
Our Mathematics curriculum is sequenced in blocks of learning to enable time to be spent studying mathematical concepts in depth. Our curriculum is mapped out from age 3 (our Nursery class) to age 11 (our Year 6 class).
Early Years Foundation Stage
In our Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), our children experience a daily, teacher-led Mathematics session following the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics’ (NCETM) Mastering Number scheme. This addresses the vital Number areas of the Development Matters curriculum guidance for Reception.
Other areas of the Reception Mathematics curriculum – pattern, shape & space and measure – are delivered following NCETM guidance.
The progression from EYFS to KS1 and Year 1 is a vitally important time and the links between the two age categories are made clear in this document.
Mastering Number – KS1
Mastering Number sessions continue into KS1, with teacher-led sessions for our Year 1 and Year 2 classes four times a week. The aim of this scheme is that, over time, children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Below is the long-term overview for this scheme.
Skills, Reasoning and Vocabulary
Skills, reasoning and vocabulary are also mapped out across the school to support our children with their ability to discuss their ideas using mathematically correct language as well as ensuring that our curriculum is progressive and builds on previous learning.
As our medium term planning is guided by White Rose Maths, we also adopt their calculation policies to ensure that our teachers work in a way that matches what the pupils see when they access lesson resources. Our ways of working with the four operations – what is taught, how it is taught and when it is introduced – is mapped out in these documents.
Supporting Website and Apps
It is essential that children continue their mathematical journey at home as well as in school. Below is a selection of websites that have been collated in order to best support pupils in their development in key areas of Mathematics.
Fluency in Times Tables and Associative Division Recall
Times Tables Rock Stars – Children in KS2 are all given a TT Rockstars username and password. Using Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and effective way for your child to improve their speed and accuracy of recalling times table facts.
They can choose one of the following games:
Garage – Best for getting quicker at a few facts.
Studio – The questions in the Studio can be anything from 1×1 up to 12×12. This is where they can improve their Rock Status!
Rock Arena – They can compete against other members of their band (class).
Rock Festival – They can compete against other TT Rockstars from across the world.