All pupils at Oakthorpe learn Maths in a fun, practical and independent way. They are given as much opportunity as possible to discuss their understanding with their peers and adults. All teaching at Oakthorpe includes opportunities for reasoning, fluency and problem solving to ensure pupils have the understanding of key Maths concepts. The school aims to provide a high-quality mathematics education to provide a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Key skills that are taught through active participation include opportunities for children to:
- explore, notice and discuss
- reason and explain
- make conjectures, generalise, convince and prove
Children at Oakthorpe enjoy being active in Maths and they enjoy being given the opportunity to:
- have fun and use real life examples (the Fair Feast rich task during Fractions week).
- be challenged with tricky Maths.
- challenge themselves and challenge other people.
- have a go and learn from their mistakes.
Maths at Oakthorpe is organised around the objectives of the new curriculum. There is an expectation that children move through the objectives at broadly the same rate and children are tracked against the achievement and mastery of key objectives within a year group. Tracking and monitoring picks out children who have not achieved particular objectives and intervention is put in place to support these learners.
The calculation policy below is designed to ensure that there is a consistent approach in supporting children across each year group with calculation strategies. It is also important that parents understand the different approaches to calculation and at which year group they appear. It is important that there are as many opportunities as possible to ensure children are given rich opportunities to deepen their understanding of calculation strategies. The learning of calculation strategies should be accompanied with rich questioning and opportunities for reasoning to justify decisions made. A key outcome at the end of Year 6 is that children will be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve problems, including those with real-life contexts, by choosing the appropriate operations and methods.