Mathematics at Landywood
Here at Landywood we strive to help our pupils grow into problem solvers who rise to any challenge they are faced with. We promote a love of Maths through hands on experiences where Maths is given a real life context. All children are immersed into a board and balanced Maths curriculum where they are able to master each aspect through small steps. As well as Maths being taught explicitly through direct lessons, it is also underpinned through a broad range of foundation subjects. We provide children with opportunities to demonstrate their skills in Foundation subjects such as Science, Design and Technology, Computing and Geography to give their learning meaning and provide a context.
Mastery of Maths ensures pupils have the opportunity for academic success in the future. Obstacles they may face along the way are overcome through problem solving and solution building skills they have developed as young Mathematicians. Right from Early Years we provide our pupils with a strong basis for reasoning, estimation and logical thinking which they carry with them into later life. We instil the love of challenge into the children here at Landywood by developing a resilient, can-do attitude. Challenge is evident right from Early Years where we have ‘Challenge Tables’- this is developed through KS1 and KS2 through problem solving and reasoning. As well as this we have rolled out the Early Years model of the use of concrete apparatus throughout KS1 and KS2 where we have maths boxes available on each table for all children to access and build upon to create pictorial and eventually abstract based learning.
We feel the development of subject knowledge and understanding is the cornerstone of effective maths teaching. As a result, pupils are able to choose their own levels of challenge in order to engage them, whilst providing pupils ownership over their learning. Through a combined curriculum of White Rose and NCETM we are able to ensure sequential, layered progression to the teaching and learning of Maths which ensures time for both deep coverage resulting in opportunities of mastery for all.
By working within the North Midlands Maths Hub- both through the Maths Readiness and now the Maths Mastery Hub- we have been able to gain, develop and share ideas of the delivery of Maths which has fed into our practise and shaped the way in which we structure our Maths lessons. Through CPD and sharing of best practise, through a coaching model, staff here at Landywood are now able to share, adapt and shape the curriculum they teach to meet the needs of all children. Through the use of our specially designed intervention programme we ensure pupils here at Landywood are able to overcome gaps of knowledge by pinpointing where the gaps are and tailoring a specialist intervention which takes place separate to the Maths lesson.
Progression of Skills
NCETM progression of skills document
White Rose SOL for each year group listing coverage of each year group
Mathematics outside the Classroom
Each day, pupils are given a Problem of the Day in order to increase their ability to apply mathematical concepts and develop their resilience as a mathematician. As well as this they partake in Rapid Maths which is aimed to improve fluency and speed of basic Maths skills. 99 Club is also a whole school initiative based around fluency where each child is able to build on their basic Maths recall whilst having a visual race car which is moved around our whole school race track display as they progress through each club. Once a week each class partake in an Active Maths lesson where moving and mastering Maths skills are brought together to make lessons more memorable and engaging. Every Friday we have Refresh Maths where pupils are able to recap and reflect upon learning from previous weeks to ensure embedding of skills resulting in Mastery. Each Monday children are able to attend our lunchtime Maths clubs- Maths Minions and Mathletes which are based around competitions, games and investigations. All of the above ensures we provide an engaging and fun Mathematical experience for all children here at Landywood, generating a whole school buzz around Maths and helping to mould young adults who have a real thirst for learning.
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