Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason, to be financially responsible and to solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in their everyday lives. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of mathematics.
At Leamington Community Primary School, we aim to develop numerate children who are confident with number and understand mathematical calculations, in order to develop key problem solving skills. We promote ‘Numeracy for Life’ and we believe that Mathematics provides children with the essential life skills of:
- Understanding number and calculation
- Problem solving
- Reasoning skills
- Financial understanding
The intention at Leamington is to provide children with a wealth of opportunities through the ‘mastery approach’ and ‘Numeracy for life’. We aim to ensure every child is confident and enthusiastic when approaching Mathematical problems; to provide children with the skills to use and apply Mathematics in different contexts and to provide children with the vocabulary to talk about and explain Mathematical concepts.
Staff adapt the scheme of work created by the Local Authority to deliver an exciting Maths curriculum which is embedded in real life situations and practical problem solving. There is a great emphasis on ensuring children enjoy Maths and children are given opportunities to engage in a variety of practical lessons (using guidance from TeachActive).
As part of our curriculum, our teachers plan lessons based on a narrative: staff create an environment that enriches knowledge and ignites enthusiasm by using drama-based learning and creating real-life links to the characters and events in the story, whilst covering mathematical objectives, therefore enhancing the children’s understanding and interest.
Financial education is key to help children become successful adults. This is why, at Leamington, we ensure children are familiar with financial vocabulary and are equipped to deal with finances in adult life. This includes budgeting, which is addressed both in and outside the classroom. We have a savings club which allows the children the freedom to explore debits, credits and managing their own money.
As well as this, we value the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching of Mathematics; use a variety of learning styles and resources to cater for all children’s needs and put great importance on the promotion of positive attitudes towards Maths.
At Leamington Community Primary School, we provide children with a fun but focused Maths curriculum, ensuring the children develop the skills to become equipped for adult life. We adopt a fully inclusive, mind-friendly approach to teaching and learning in Mathematics where children are challenged sufficiently in a supportive environment with real-life links and access to financial vocabulary. Assessment for learning allows children and teachers to review the strategies and methods used in the lessons thus always moving learning on.
Children at Leamington are given every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
At Leamington Community Primary School we use both formative and summative assessment information to help staff to ensure children make exceptional progress; interventions are wisely used to support every individual. Staff use information daily to inform their planning and develop next steps in the children’s learning. This enables the staff to provide the best possible support to cater to special educational needs and opportunities to provide challenge for our more able children.
Liverpool Counts Quality Mark:
Leamington Community Primary School was awarded the Gold standard Liverpool Counts Quality Mark. This is presented to schools who have proven they aim to raise standards in numeracy and mathematics by changing attitudes and perceptions through the delivery of the Liverpool Counts quality mark and the promotion of the importance of numeracy as a life skill through business links and cultural opportunities.
As part of this, year six pupils have been appointed as Maths Ambassadors and run the lunchtime, ‘Maths Hub’ which provides a chance for children to play Maths games and solve puzzles with the help of the Maths ambassadors. This group of Year 6 children are promoting Maths across the school and meet to discuss how we can improve Maths at Leamington.
Assemblies to promote ‘Numeracy for Life’ skills were introduced and encouraged a love of Maths in all pupils. Posters were placed around school to show children how our staff use Maths outside of the classroom. Displays around the school aim to promote problem solving and real-life connections.
Take a look at these important documents:
Take a look:
Take a look at the following important documents:
Knowledge, Understanding and Skills
The National Curriculum for Mathematics – PRIMARY National Curriculum – Mathematics
As part of our continual curriculum development this year we will be developing our maths curriculum so it becomes immersed in the narrative immersion curriculum. Below are some examples of how we teach maths through the narrative immersion.
Key Stage One
Key Stage 2
How has Covid affected the Maths Curriculum at Leamington Primary?
What was it like before Lockdown?
Before lockdown, teachers would plan engaging lessons, adapting schemes of work to suit our children by: making creative links to our class narrative; providing active lessons on a weekly basis; ensuring problem solving opportunities and real-life context to investigations and puzzles and assessing regularly. Teachers record practical lessons through the use of Seesaw. Planning is reviewed daily and weekly with other members of staff from the year group team.
In Foundation Stage we ensure that children take part in fun, play-based activities which give them the opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and a love of maths. We encourage the children to explore, practise, learn and talk. Our children are given the opportunity to practise skills and gain confidence through planned activities whilst working independently in the continuous provision.
In KS1 and KS2, the staff have created a bespoke immersive curriculum that is adapted to the needs of the child. Staff use School Improvement planning documents alongside White Rose Hub planning documents and techniques given from Tara Loughran (Maths consultant) to plan Mathematics lessons with a problem solving approach in a real-life context.
What was it like during Lockdown?
During the first lockdown (March – July 2020), ClassDojo was used as a tool for communicating with children and their parents. Children who were in school took part in a variety of Maths-based activities adapted to suit the range of ages and abilities in each bubble. Due to children attending on different days, opportunities were based on key skills and consolidation of prior learning.
Children who were at home were set challenges and activities to promote Maths through everyday life accessible through online platforms. Achievements were recognised by staff on class portals.
During Lockdown 3 (Jan – March 2021), we continued to deliver the full primary curriculum online and to the children of key workers that were in school. Further to the guidance and funding available to schools, we were able to provide laptops, iPads and Wi-Fi dongles to encourage all children to access our daily Maths lessons and submit responses. Lessons were filmed by our teaching staff teaching appropriate inputs to ensure the children had the same level of quality first teaching as they would have done if they were in school. Teachers took note of the added difficulty of accessing learning remotely and adapted lessons where necessary, leading to some year groups simplifying and breaking up learning objectives into multiple lessons to ensure are children achieved their full potential. This allowed us to continue to teach the scheme as we would in school. Children recorded work and submitted on ClassDojo, being marked and receiving quality personalised feedback quickly from teachers and support staff. They were given the opportunity to engage in conversation, while correcting errors and extending their understanding.
World Maths Day was also celebrated remotely during lockdown 3, where we provided the children with a variety of engaging Maths activities which could be completed at home, including the chance to consider their mental health in relation to Maths, as we all recognise the importance of mental health, now more than ever.
What is it like after Lockdown?
When we returned to school in September 2020, after the first lockdown, we taught the scheduled units, providing additional opportunities for basic skills fluency practice. This has helped to support children in bridging gaps in their learning from the previous year group that had been missed in the first lockdown. Teachers planned opportunities to embed learning of shape, space and measure within their place value and calculation lessons to provide key skills and knowledge which had been missed in the previous year group.
When we returned to school in March 2021, after the second lockdown, we continued to teach the curriculum from where we had left the last online lesson. Children are also given further chances to cover basic skills and arithmetic in addition to their daily Maths lessons.
What does the future look like?
We will continue to deliver Maths units through the Spring and Summer Terms of 2021 as we would have any other year. Children will be identified to take part in the ‘catch-up curriculum’ interventions and additional tutoring. Teachers will provide more opportunities to cover basic skills and arithmetic in addition to their daily Maths lessons.
In the Summer term, all children will complete NFER Maths tests which will provide us more detailed analysis of the true impact of these lockdowns on the children’s learning and understanding. We will use these tests, alongside teacher assessment to be able to plan for further interventions and any necessary adaptations to the way we teach Maths in the next academic year. Teachers will also use this information to assist in supporting the children’s transition into the next academic year.
Our curriculum is based on the School Improvement Liverpool scheme of work which is structured in such a way that children are exposed to place value before building on these basic skills through calculation, reasoning and problem solving. Our teachers are experts in adapting this to suit our cohort of children and following these lockdowns, will be no exception. Children at Leamington Primary School will be provided with the best education we can offer them in order to ensure they achieve their full potential.
Mrs Fiona Baxter & Miss Hannah Hornby
Maths Subject Leaders