At Yew Tree Primary Academy, we believe mathematics should provide the children with opportunities to have an understanding of the fundamental, basic skills that will equip them for future life. Through reasoning and problem solving, mathematics helps develop the mind’s meta-cognitive skills. We believe children should be exposed to a rich and varied vocabulary that incorporates mathematical language daily, in order to understand and make relationships across various contexts. We seek to support children in exploring mathematical concepts through concrete, pictorial and abstract challenges to ensure they have a deep and secure understanding of the foundations of mathematics.
Key Stages 1 and 2:
From January 2019, all children in Key Stage 1 and 2 will be taught Mathematics using the Maths No Problem Scheme of Work (SOW).
"Maths — No Problem! is a series of textbooks and workbooks written to meet the requirements of the 2014 English National Curriculum. The Maths — No Problem! Primary Series was assessed by the DfE’s expert panel, which judged that it met the core criteria for a high-quality textbook to support teaching for mastery. As a result, the Maths — No Problem! Primary Series are recommended textbooks for schools on the mastery programme."
Lessons typically are broken into four parts:
Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
New Learning – the teacher introduces and explains the new learning for the lesson.
Guided Practice – children practice new learning in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
Independent Practice – practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem-solving skills to develop their depth of learning.
A highly effective approach to teaching maths based on research and evidence
Builds students’ mathematical fluency without the need for rote learning
Introduces new concepts using Bruner’s Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach
Pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to reciting formulas they don’t understand
Teaches mental strategies to solve problems such as drawing a bar model
Find out more at the Maths No Problem website.
We also use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency in multiplication tables.
Have a look at the programmes of study for each year group;