Dothill Primary School

Mathematics is an essential life skill, that enables us to make sense of the world around us. It allows us to live an independent life and see patterns and connections between innumerable areas – from calculating the amount of money we need to purchase an item, knowing what time to meet a connecting train to weighing ingredients when following a recipe.

At Dothill, our expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress are always based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children are encouraged to make links and connections across different mathematical ideas to develop their fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly difficult problems. Those who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding through additional support and practice.

We want to ensure that all children can achieve in Maths, so that they become confident mathematicians, who seek to challenge themselves without fear of failure and show a desire to improve and develop their understanding. As a result, we believe that this will prepare our children for a life beyond the classroom by providing them with a solid foundation for understanding the world around them, an ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of maths, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

 

Why is Maths important?

Mathematics is an essential life skill, that enables us to make sense of the world around us. It allows us to live an independent life and see patterns and connections between innumerable areas – from calculating the amount of money we need to purchase an item, knowing what time to meet a connecting train to weighing ingredients when following a recipe.

 

At our school, we take a consistent approach to teaching Maths and provide real-life contexts for the application of Maths when practical. Children study mathematics daily covering a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum including elements of number, calculation, fractions, geometry, measures and statistics. Once a week, the children are taught an arithmetic lesson, which focuses on fluency of the basic arithmetic skills that are necessary to be successful mathematicians. Alongside this, we also provide starter activities to consolidate and secure prior learning at the beginning of our Maths lessons.

Maths lessons are structured consistently throughout school with the use of Instructional, Qualifying and Depth activities, which allow children to access fluency, problem-solving and reasoning tasks with increasing complexity. During lessons, practical apparatus (such as Numicon) and visual representations are utilised in order to secure children’s understanding before moving to abstract concepts and children are encouraged to seek out these resources for themselves as an aid to learning.Our lessons are planned in a carefully sequenced order, ensuring that children are given the prerequisite skills to be successful. Our planning for Mathematics across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations and is delivered with ‘Quality first teaching’, which is supportive and encourages children to work independently and to develop their resilience.

Because we recognise that multiplication tables knowledge is a fundamental part of Maths, we ensure that children are securing this understanding by practising the multiplication and division skills through regular use of TT Rockstars at home.

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Severn Drive
Wellington
Telford
Shropshire
TF1 3JB