We believe that that every child can master an understanding and love of mathematics with the right kind of teaching and support. At Yew Tree Primary Academy, it is our intention to provide this teaching and support so that our children make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
We believe that children should be taught to develop their mathematical fluency, ensuring that they can confidently recall and apply knowledge without resorting to rote learning and feel it is important that they are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. At Yew Tree, our approach is inclusive, where all children achieve and is set at a slower pace which results in a deeper understanding and therefore greater progress. We aim to create independent, resilient and determined mathematicians, who are well equipped to apply their learning to all areas of the curriculum and subsequently to the wider world.
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;