At Stoneraise School we use small steps to help the children bite off manageable chunks in their mathematical learning. As the children progress through school we build on prior knowledge, introduce new concepts and give the children as many experiences as possible to deepen their learning and understanding. We follow the small steps progression which has been outlined by the White Rose MathsHub.
Right from Reception, the children are given the opportunity to develop their mathematics through a variety of concrete (hands-on), pictorial (using pictures) and abstract activities. As the children move through into Key Stage 1, they can then draw on this solid understanding of number and place value and build up their knowledge further. Through Key Stage 2 the children continue to use a variety of models and representations to assist them in complex calculations. Problem solving and reasoning activities are used alongside a variety of fluency activities on a day-to-day basis to help all children make rapid progress.
To keep concepts ‘on the boil’ and make 'knowledge stick' we have employed a regular ‘Stoneraise Six’ challenge into our mathematics lessons. The children answer six questions in six minutes which recap previous learning.
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To ensure that parents know how their children are progressing with their mathematics, there are several ways we aim to keep parents informed:
Three parents’ evenings where parents can chat to their child’s class teacher and look through their maths books;
Weekly homework tasks set through our online learning platform (Mathletics) enables parents to see what their children have been working on through the week;
Our half-termly newsletters outline the key learning that will take place in mathematics;
We have created two guides (see below) for parents to help when calculating with whole numbers and fractions using all operations (+ - x ÷);
An annual school report which includes details of assessments taken, overall successes in their learning and an area to develop.
We have created our own Mathematics Calculation Policy to share the methods, models and representations that the children will use as they progress through Stoneraise School. The methods progressively build up to the most formal method for each operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We have also produced a progression document that includes details on the different models and representations and why they are so useful in building firm foundations for children's mathematics.
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