Mathematics, as a discipline, has existed since the earliest human civilisations and has driven progress throughout Human history. The use and understanding of Mathematics is a fundamental skill in life. To thrive as people we need to understand, acquire and enjoying using Mathematical skills and concepts. Children at Our Lady’s are given the opportunity to work so that they can solve Mathematical problems and reason mathematically. We want our children to master the concepts they are working with and as such we provide them with challenges and contexts that allow and motivate them to think creatively and to apply their knowledge to find solutions.
Each year has a programme of study specific to that year group. Children are taught these key concepts in daily lessons and teaching involves mental Mathematics exercises, multiplication tables tests and the assimilation of concepts through practice. Children get the opportunity to use manipulatives and other tools in class lessons to support their learning and understanding. Children in our school are also signed up for TT Rock stars – an online programme that allows them to test their tables knowledge and provides challenges and enjoyable exercises and games that further deepen the children’s understanding of multiplication and division facts.
Children are encouraged to make connections between concepts and within different contexts. It is important that the children develop the ability to apply and use concepts in meaningful ways. It is when children successfully apply their knowledge that they demonstrate they have understood a concept. Concepts are studied until children have an understanding of the objectives. Learning is then extended to a deeper level so that children can show they have mastered the concepts. This idea of mastery sees the children applying concepts within problem solving and reasoning situations. Children now spend time considering how well they have understood concepts and to what level they have achieved their understanding. This also makes the learning more engaging and as such more memorable.
Mastery in the curriculum
The National Curriculum is a Mastery Curriculum, this means that we want children to be able to develop a deeper understanding of concepts and show that they have mastered theta an extent that they can apply them to challenging contexts. By taking this approach the children are accessing the curriculum at a deeper level, by choosing how to apply concepts and skills to contexts they are demonstrating how they have developed a mastery of these concepts.
All schools, which are state funded, must offer a balanced and broad curriculum that:
As such children at our school are given learning opportunities that are based in the real world and will prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead. The children use their knowledge to solve cross curricular problems and TASC activities. These activities may range from planning out a budget for a school dinner to finding and testing numerical rules and patterns or designing a kitchen floor.