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Rationale for teaching Maths at Wick

We want the children to enjoy maths! Each pupil will learn new mathematical skills in a variety of subjects as well as through daily Maths lessons. Practical application and problem solving is a central part to pupils’ mathematical understanding. Pupils are supported by a wide range of resources, which are matched to the needs of the children.


How is Maths taught at Wick?

The Mathematics curriculum enables us to teach all areas with number, the main area of study, supporting work in all other concepts. Methods of teaching include class lessons and discussions, practical work, consolidation and practice and arithmetic. We use a wide variety of material and resources to enrich the experience the children have during their maths sessions. Within each lesson children will practise the skill (fluency), solve problems and use reasoning to explain their thinking.

Mathematical concepts are more readily understood if children have been given practical experience and have the opportunity to discuss the activity. Opportunities are planned for to provide mathematical concepts in computing, science and geography. Cross curricular Maths allows children to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts.


How Maths is assessed at Wick.

We assess children's work throughout the lesson and mark completed work according to the marking policy. Children indicate how they feel about their learning using a triangle system, one side indicating that the child has understood some of the lesson, two sides indicating that the child has understood most of the lesson and a full triangle and three sides indicating that the child fully understood all of the lesson. Extra support is offered to children who need a quick catch up to reinforce a concept as we work through a unit. Children who have achieved the expected standard are offered an extra challenge to which they are encouraged to apply their skills.

Maths is also assessed against the maths milestones. We can then see which children are struggling with some concepts and provide extra support the following term. In addition we give times tables test and the children receive certificates in assembly for this achievement.

Calculation policy and strategies for adding, subtraction, multiplication and division

Times Tables - the importance of