Mathematics at Easton
At Easton Primary School all our learners experience a maths curriculum that is based on the shared belief that Maths should start as concrete, visual learning and becomes abstract once the child has a solid understanding of the concept being taught. Every year group has key end of year expectations based on the statements from the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics which teachers share with pupils and parents to ensure that pupils get the maximum support possible as well as being able to take ownership of their own progress. The maths curriculum systematically builds mathematical knowledge and skills. This means that children are able to understand and draw on the knowledge, concepts and procedures they have already learned, and apply these to where they are now in their learning, as well as in the next stage throughout the school.
At Easton Primary School, we use a Chris Quigley approach to mathematics whereby teachers skilfully plan a Maths Mission which embeds core concepts from the mathematics curriculum into a long-term mission for the children to complete, allowing them to demonstrate the mastery of the new knowledge and skills gained over the course of the topic. Maths missions are often made cross-curricular to further embed mathematics in real life contexts.
Pupils learn to be confident mathematicians who can reason, apply their knowledge and persevere in maths challenges to reach the solution. Pupils use concrete and practical resources wherever possible and are challenged to move into the abstract from varied fluency of concepts following daily formative teacher assessment of progress.
Further to this, teachers plan for continuous provision of maths in the classroom which is changed depending on the needs of the cohort and accessed at all intervals of the day. Teachers use The Power of Maths and White Rose frameworks to support the learning of pupils in our school during the Maths Missions.
Areas of the mathematical curriculum
The children will experience a range of topics within the mathematical curriculum and advance their understanding each time they come across the subject. Each subject is taught yearly from year 1 until year 6. These include:
- Properties of shape
- Position and direction
- Ratio and Proportion
- Number and place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
How do we learn our times tables?
Each year group has a particular expectation when it comes to the Times Tables (see Year Group Expectations) at Easton we believe that a child should not only be able to recall the multiplication facts but also the division facts for that particular times table. Children embed these number facts at home using Times Table Rockstars which is a fantastic online resource for children and parents! Children are tasked to beat their previous scores to show progress each term.