Maths

Our Approach to Teaching for Maths Mastery

  • St Thomas More Catholic Primary School is committed to the engaging and purposeful delivery of mathematics across all Key Stages. Our teaching is delivered to ensure our children acquire a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding.

  • At St Thomas More we follow the priciples of Teaching for Maths Mastery across KS1 and KS2 with elements embedded into EYFS. The Head Teacher and Maths Lead have designed and implemented this approach to tailor it to best fit the needs of our pupils.

  • Since 2018 we have been a member of the London South Each Plus Maths Hub Teacher Research Group working with other schools across the region to ensure we are at the forefront of research and best practice. Through collaborative research we have developed, embedded and are now sustaining our mastery practice.

  • Our teaching draws together the "Five Big Ideas" of mastery:

    • Coherence - planning a sequence of small step lessons gradually unfolding a concept

    • Representation and Structure - the use of manipulatives, pictorial representations and language

    • Fluency - rapid recall of known number facts

    • Variation - drawing attention to critical aspets of a concept using examples and non-examples; careful sequencing of questions to draw attention to key features

    • Mathematical Thinking - deep reasoning and thinking

  • In lessons we build in opportunities for "Talk for Maths" which focus on verbal reasoning skills. This gives pupils the opportunities to articulate their reasoning through talk partner work. They are then further challenged to “explain to the class” or “teach your partner”.

  • During a lesson there will be five steps that are always followed;

  1. Pupil response to previous lesson through a set task. This task is designed to improve (address a misconception), consolidate or challenge

  2. Modelled teaching - through teacher input and partner work children will develop their fluency in a concept or will apply their understanding to a word problem

  3. Independent work with verbal and written reasoning

  4. Greater Depth Challenge

  5. Plenary

  • The children will have a range of support through modelled examples, concrete resources, a variety of representations and adult support throughout the lesson where and if necessary.

  • Calculation Guidance is available on our Policies page setting out formal and information calculation methods and key vocabulary for each year group and Key Stage, showing the progression as the children get older and more skilled in their mathematical thinking.

Times Tables

Having joined the Whole School Approach to Teaching Times Tables Teacher Research Group in 2019/2020 we follow a planned and stuctured approach to times tables across the school, starting in EYFS

  • EYFS - Starting with the four prerequisites for multiplication (Unitizing, Bringing together more than one unit, equal and unequal groups, the relationship between repeated addition and multiplication

  • Year 1 – counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s

  • Year 2 - multiplication and related facts of 1x, 2x, 5x, 10x, 0x

  • Year 3 – multiplication and related facts of 4x, 8x, 3x, 6x, 12x

  • Year 4 –multiplication and related facts of 9x, 7x, 11x

  • Year 5 – Prime numbers to 100, Square roots to 144

  • Year 6 – Reasoning and making connections, Real world applications

Our children prepare for the Multiplication Tables Check carried out in the June of Year 4.

Addressing the impact of COVID

Teachers plan their lessons drawing on high quality resources and building on their children's prior learning and current level of understanding.

In September 2020, we adopted the Department for Education guidance for teaching maths at Key Stage 1 and 2 to support progression, post COVID, through the National Curriculum. With the start of the 2021/2022 school year we have modelled our Long Term Plans on the Curriculum Prioritisation framework developed by the National Centre for Excdellence in the Teaching of Mathematics, drawing on the DfE guidance.

Bexley Maths Fluency Resources

Bexley Education Support Services have created some rather nice leaflets to support parents and carers to help their child with fluency in maths at home.

The leaflets cover a short explanation about fluency and NC aims then cover suggestions for maths in an age appropriate book, maths in the world around them and games.