At Chalton Lower School our vision is to educate pupils with the necessary tools to become active and engaged mathematicians. we aim for pupils to develop a mastery approach to Mathematics by allowing them to develop a long, deep and secure understanding of mathematical concepts. This understanding of Mathematics will enable our pupils to succeed by giving them the skills for later in their lives, including money, measures and logical problems which they will need as adults.
We do this by:
- Taking small, manageable steps each lesson to help pupils access more difficult concepts.
- Exposing pupils to a variety of representations for different areas of Mathematics.
- Helping pupils make connections, spot patterns and ask questions.
- Encouraging pupils to be clear in their reasoning about Mathematics through self-explanations and written reasoning, using key vocabulary.
- Be fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, such as number bonds and times tables.
Teaching for Mastery
In our Mathematics lessons, we follow the ‘Teaching for Mastery’ approach promoted by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Maths (NCETM). We aim to progress children through small steps of learning that enable them to fully understand bigger conceptual ideas and apply their knowledge to solving a variety of problems. We have worked with our local Maths Hub, The Enigma Maths Hub to introduce the Teaching for Mastery approach and we will continue to work with them as we embed the approach across the school.
Mathematics in the Early Years Foundation Stage
In our Early Years class we ensure that all children develop a secure mathematical foundation and meet their Early Learning Goals at the end of Reception. In order to do this, we use the non-statutory curriculum guidance in the Development Matters 2021 document. Pupils focus on a different number from 0-10 and beyond while learning new skills such as subitising, adding 1 more or 1 less and representing numbers.