At St Uny CE Academy, we recognise that children need to be confident and fluent across all aspects of the Maths curriculum. To ensure consistent coverage, Teachers follow the 'Rising Stars' progression outline to ensure maxium coverage across the school year but also ensure misconceptions are addressed and planning meets the needs of all learners. Teachers are also developing their understanding of mastery through working within the Maths Hub.
High quality resources are used in conjunction with Rising Stars, such as NRich, White Rose and NCETM to support, stretch and challenge all children within the classroom. In addition, the school’s calculation policy is used to ensure a coherent approach to teaching the operations across our school.
Our curriculum builds on the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach. By using all three, the children can explore and demonstrate their mathematical learning. Together, these elements help to cement knowledge so children truly understand what they have learnt.
All children, when introduced to a new concept for the first time, are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols. The three mathematical methods used at St Uny CE Academy are:
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using these pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – with the foundations firmly laid by using the concrete and pictorial methods the children can move onto an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Teaching within EYFS aims to nurture all children so that they become confident, capable mathematicians for the future. Teaching focuses on developing firm mathematical foundations in ways that are engaging and appropriate for their age. Daily opportunities are carefully planned, so that children can experience ‘hands on maths’ using real life resources.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of each unit and children’s progress and attainment are discussed by teachers, leaders and parents. Termly PUMA assessments are used to support teacher assessment judgements as well as the 'Interim Assessment Framework' for Year 2 and Year 6. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. In addition, we place a strong emphasis on the power of questioning: this enables us both to explore topics together as a class as well as verbally develop reasoning skills during our lessons. Leaders monitor the effectiveness of teaching frequently through a rigorous monitoring schedule.
Impact - Assessment
The impact of how we teach Maths to our pupils is demonstrated through standards in National Testing: