At Park Hill, our Mathematics curriculum is centred around mastering fluency in mathematical strategies and skills and applying these in different situations. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in Mathematics.
Teaching for Mastery
Our Mathematics teaching follows a "teaching for mastery" approach. Carefully sequenced, daily lessons provide opportunities for regular partner work and discussion, developing children's strategies so they can apply skills accurately when solving problems.
Teaching for mastery describes classroom practice that gives children the best chance of mastering Mathematics. Achieving mastery means having a solid understanding of the Mathematics that has been taught so that children can move onto more advanced material.
Use of "concrete" resources aids children's ability to understand number, calculations and other areas of the Mathematics curriculum. Teachers model using these resources and encourage children to use them when developing fluency.
Children are taught Mathematics every day in Nursery and Reception. At all times, children are encouraged to count together and recognise numbers. We regular look at ordering days of the week, months and events in their day. Equipment to help children count and recognise numbers is always available and Mathematical songs are used to reinforce concepts.
Numbots is an app that can be accessed by children in Reception and Year 1 to help with their number recognition.
By the time children enter Year 5, the expectation is for children to be fluent in their recall of multiplication and division facts for times tables up to 12 x 12.
There are certain times tables that should be learned in particular year groups but we also support children's recall of those that they have already been taught.
Times Tables Rockstars is an app that can be played to practise times tables at home.
Here is a multiplication grid showing the facts learned in each year group, from Years 1 to 4:
From Year 1 to Year 6, there are clearly defined objectives that we teach: