Dothill Primary School

Maths At Dothill

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.

Maths Curriculum Intent

At Dothill, we follow the Mastery approach to teaching and learning Mathematics. We want our pupils to be confident, fluent mathematicians, who can securely and independently identify the links between all areas of the Mathematics curriculum. We place a great deal of emphasis on the use of correct mathematical vocabulary, which gives the children the tools and the confidence to explain their reasoning. Children are constantly challenged to explain why, to prove how they know, to convince that they are correct or to find all possible outcomes.

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We encourage the pupils to apply key skills to simple problem solving, and to other areas of their learning. We build on these skills using small steps, and revisit key areas of the curriculum throughout the year. Each Maths lesson starts with a Fluency activity, to ensure key skills are retained. Pupils then work their way through Instructional, Qualifying and Depth activities. This allows each child to access deeper problem-solving and reasoning activities in every lesson. A range of teaching strategies and resources are used to support their learning including Numicon, hundred squares, place value cards and other small apparatus.

We use Times Table Rock Stars to support the pupils’ knowledge and understanding of times tables and related division facts. We also hold regular theme weeks throughout the school, which help to foster a passion for Mathematics and its wider applications.

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Severn Drive
Wellington
Telford
Shropshire
TF1 3JB