Maths at Plover

Mathematics is important in everyday life and with this in mind, the purpose of mathematics at Plover is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.

All children are challenged, supported and encouraged to excel in Mathematics. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ā€˜Concrete, Pictorial and Abstractā€™ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical concepts, and allowing them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. 

Arithmetic and basic maths skills are practised daily to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics during Magic Maths sessions. 

At Plover we aim to embed mathematical understanding so that pupils have an understanding of how maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

As a result of our Maths teaching at Plover you will see:

  • Engaged children who are supported or challenged.
  • Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics. 
  • Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
  • Different representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.

In EYFS, pupils are provided with opportunities to develop their fluency, and introduce reasoning and problem-solving skills in number, shape, space and measure. They will use provision to master these areas of learning. They will apply this to a wider curriculum to observe and discuss mathematical findings in their play. We want our pupils to be confident and happy learners and set the foundations for their learning to build on this in later years.

In Key Stage 1, our aim is to ensure that pupils build on the fluency, reasoning and problem solving. we want them to have confidence and mental fluency with number, space and measure. Pupils will have different opportunities within the sessions to use a range of methods that allow them to be effective learners. They will move to Key Stage 2 with the next step of applying their knowledge to more complex problem solving. This means they can then begin to apply to deepen their understanding.

In Key Stage 2, our intent is that pupils will build on their prior learning to help them master approaches and solve sophisticated problems. We ensure that all pupils continue through the key stage, on their mastery journey, with curiosity and excitement. We ensure this is frequently applied in their lessons. Our mission is for all pupils to successfully leave our academy prepared to continue on the mastery journey into Key Stage 3

Mastering Number Project

Our younger children in EYFS and KS1, are working with the maths hubs to introduce the Mastering Number project.

This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.

The short videosĀ below give a flavour of Mastering Number happening with different age groups. The teachers explain how the programme has benefited all pupils in their classes, providing firm foundations for later work in maths.

What will you learn?

  • Your pupils will develop and demonstrate good number sense
  • You will develop a secure understanding of how to build firm mathematical foundations
  • You will work to develop intentional teaching strategies focused on developing fluency in calculation and number sense for all children
  • You will develop understanding and use of appropriate manipulatives to support your teaching of mathematical structures

Supporting your children with Maths