At Warren Park, we believe that Mathematics is a fundamental life skill which equips learners for today and prepares them for the future. We engender a passion for mathematics and strive to develop children’s mathematical thinking from apprentice level to independent, resilient mathematicians. We aim to inspire our children to enjoy and be enthusiastic about mathematics. Through a flexible mathematical journey, we interweave fluency, reasoning and problem solving to develop a mastery level of skills within our Maths curriculum.
At Warren Park, we deem automaticity an integral skill in order for children to have instant recall of mathematical facts to enable them to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematical thinking. Through varied and frequent practise and carefully planned pathways of procedural variation, the complexity of problems are increased overtime thus developing mathematical connections. Conceptual variation is used to support all learners strengthen their understanding and apply knowledge accurately and successfully.
Children are given opportunities to develop the sophistication of their reasoning skills, using a range of mathematical vocabulary, from describing, explaining, convincing, justifying, proving, conjecturing and generalising. Children are encouraged to deepen their understanding of a mathematical concept by conceptually representing it in a variety of different ways thus deepening mathematical connections.
Children are encouraged to be creative, yet systematic, when problem solving drawing on a range of strategies and models within a range of contexts. Through a variety of routine and non-routine problems, with increasing complexity, we endeavour to equip the children with skills and strategies to break down problems into smaller steps and be resilient when seeking solutions.
In order to ensure children’s learning is appropriately challenged and broadened, ‘What if…’ and ‘Show me in another way…’ Greater Depth style questioning is used to draw out deeper thinking. Carefully targeted questioning also extends and challenges our children to think deeper.
Maths is taught daily across the school each morning. Groupings enable teachers to support children effectively with areas of development and ensure accelerated progress. Additional, focused intervention sessions, with smaller groups of children, are run when required to correct misconceptions. Maths is taught as a subject in its own right and opportunities within the wider curriculum are maximised in order to develop, use and apply mathematical skills and thinking.
Our Progression of Skills provides a strong emphasis on acquiring essential core skills as well as deepening understanding of concepts and providing clear development from Year R to Year 6.
In order to ensure all learners develop into independent and resilient mathematicians, we have consistently high expectations of our children. We teach a range of methods including appropriate choice of concrete resources and using working walls as a reference point, supporting tool and WAGOLL.
Children are taught formal methods and mental methods, in line with their year group expectations, and a strong emphasis is placed on children independently choosing the most efficient and appropriate method.
Through varied and frequent times table practise, the children develop the ability to derive and apply multiplication facts rapidly and accurately. The children also have the opportunity to access Times Table Rockstars as part of their home learning.
From very different starting points, all children will make good progress academically, emotionally, creatively, socially and physically. Knowledge, understanding and skills will be secured and embedded so that children achieve highly and are fully prepared for 21st century life after their time at Warren Park.
Children achieve well through:
- developing mathematical knowledge and skills as they progress through the school.
- regular teacher assessment
- developing a resilience which allows them to persevere with maths challenges
- continually developing their understanding of the importance of Maths in real-life situations, today and in the future