Thames View Primary School follows a maths mastery approach in line with the National Curriculum (2014). Our principal aim is to develop children’s confidence, skills and deepen their understanding. Wherever possible, we show how maths can be used in everyday situations or within a real-life context.
Teachers structure maths lessons to include the following elements:
- Sharing the Learning Title and success criteria
- Development of varied fluency and basic skills
- A small steps teaching sequence based on the White Rose Hub scheme of Learning
- Use of CPA, including manipulatives and multiple representations (variation)
- Reasoning and problem-solving challenges to deepen understanding of concepts and allow all pupils the opportunity to reason mathematically
- Use of questioning to stimulate mathematical thinking, discover patterns and connections, explain reasoning and make generalisations
- Use of partner talk and collaborative work to further develop explanatory reasoning and deepen understanding
- Immediate feedback given to children’s work and opportunities for clarification/ intervention set as quickly as possible (within the lesson and during the day/week) (A4L). We use teaching assistants to support some children, and to ensure that work is matched to the needs of individuals.
Maths planning is a shared collaboration between class teachers. The expectation of the presentation of pupils’ work in (squared) books for KS1 and KS2 is in line with the school’s Handwriting Policy.
Enriching Mathematical learning
At Thames View Primary we support pupils mathematical engagement and development through a range of opportunities both in school and at home. Pupils in EYFS and KS1 participate in the NCETM Mastering Number programme designed to develop mathematical confidence and fluency. Alongside this, pupils in KS2 are supported by NumberSense, which is a highly visual, research informed programme which provides structure and depth to number fact teaching to help our pupils achieve mathematical fluency. Additionally, pupils from Years 2 through 6 are encouraged to use Time Tables Rockstars as a means of developing their rapid recall of multiplication facts.
Mastering Number at Home
In Term 4, Thames View will begin the NCETM Mastering Number at Home programme for Reception and KS1 pupils where parents have the opportunity to talk and explore mathematical learning with their children. We offered Parent workshops at the end of Term 3 to introduce the Mastering Number approach to developing our children's sense of number. This will be followed by weekly Maths Mornings in Year 1 and 2 to give parents the opportunities to trial out the home learning for each week.
Parent workshop dates:
Reception: Monday 6th February 2023, 2:30pm
Year 1: Tuesday 7th February 2023, 2:30pm
Year 2: Wednesday 8th February 2023, 2:30pm
Mastering Number Parent Workshops
Enterprise Day - Thursday 9th February 2023
In early February, pupils worked collaboratively on their entrepreneurial skills. Each class was given a small set amount of money to design and implement a business stall where their aim was to make the most amount of profit. They needed to consider their target market, the cost of their resources and customer turnover when planning their stalls.
This year, Discovery class made a profit of close to £115. After the suggestion of one of our Year 6 pupils, both Year 6 classes will donate their profits (nearly £200) to the Turkey/Syria earthquake relief fund.
In 2022, Thames View Primary children raised £120 for the NSPCC Number Day. In 2023, we wore numbers to support the NSPCC on Monday 6th February.
We have also been developing our Estimation Skills. The PTA kindly offered sweet jar of various sizes for all pupils from Reception to Year 6 to practise giving reasonable estimates. We linked this activity to place value and sizing. Here are some of the successful pupils who gave the most accurate estimates:
Parents: Have you tried the FREE White Rose Maths app designed to build the speed and accuracy of basic number facts? It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks! Click on the image for more information.