At Hardwick Green Primary Academy, our teaching philosophy is known as ‘Maths Mastery’. Maths teaching across the whole school supports learners to become resilient and work efficiently by making links between concepts, facts and relationships. The teaching of maths is supported by “The Big 5 Ideas” where teachers use coherence, representation and structure, mathematical thinking, fluency and both conceptual and procedural variation to ensure effective learning.
We use the White Rose Maths scheme of learning as the basis of our mathematics curriculum. A scheme of learning is a clear, time-linked plan for learning. These schemes are written for year groups and cover the whole school year of learning.
For each year group, the scheme of learning includes an overview of the maths that your child should be learning at any point in the year.
Each year is split into three terms (autumn, spring and summer), and each term comprises individual blocks of learning about a particular topic.
You’ll notice that we spend lots of time building strong number skills in our curriculum. These essential core skills lay a solid foundation for more complicated learning later on.
We’ve divided each block of knowledge into a series of small learning steps. Together, these small steps cover all the curriculum content that your child needs to know.
Cognitive science tells us that children will remember more by learning maths in small, related chunks. White Rose has used the best available research to map out the crucial learning steps that will children to understand what they are learning clearly.
Our teachers use the White Rose scheme of learning the basis of how they teach maths. We teach maths every day; learning time includes practise and the development of factual, conceptual and procedural knowledge.
Lessons involve using a mixture of concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches in order to make connections and expose the underlying structure of the mathematics.
We do go beyond the White Rose scheme to make sure our curriculum is right for our pupils. Our maths lessons are structured so that children have daily learning and practise of key mathematical facts i.e. number bonds, times tables to develop number fluency and rapid recall of key facts.
In addition, embedded in the Maths daily classroom routines, previous learning is revisited in DNAs (Do Now Activities) designed to recall previous learning from last lesson / last week / last unit / last year. This is used to keep learning fresh and gives the opportunity for interleaving to cover some less frequently taught units.