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Mathematics

At Waverley Abbey, we believe that the key to mathematical understanding is in linking mathematical facts, concepts, skills and processes in a way that increases the development of understanding. Our curriculum is designed to deliver this, whilst providing purpose, meaning and relevance, and ensuring confidence and enjoyment for the subject.

The principle aim of mathematics teaching at Waverley Abbey is to ensure that all children become fluent in all age appropriate end-of-unit outcomes, as outlined in the National Curriculum.

Once pupils have achieved this mathematical fluency, we seek to embed and deepen their understanding by developing their reasoning and problem solving skills. This will be facilitated using activities designed to provoke mathematical thinking through:

  • Conjecture
  • Discussion
  • Evidence
  • Explanation
  • Exploration
  • Generalisation
  • Justification
  • Linking areas of knowledge
  • Observation

Our objectives for teaching mathematics.

  • To develop positive attitudes towards mathematics and give children a sense of achievement.
  • To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
  • To gain confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
  • To develop a range of strategies for solving mental calculations, written calculations and word problems.
  • To stimulate a natural curiosity to ask questions, explore patterns and explain/justify their reasoning through discussion with a partner or the whole group.
  • To develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and logical thinking.
  • To stretch every child, no matter what ability, to reach their full potential in maths
  • To give opportunities for children to work co-operatively.
  • To understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.

A 50 minute maths lesson takes place daily for all pupils. At Waverley Abbey, our most able mathematicians are taught together in an ‘Express Set’ which may not necessarily be their regular class teacher. The remaining children in each year group are taught in ‘Parallel Sets’ of mixed ability by the rest of the teachers within that year group. All maths groups cover the statutory content as set out by the National Curriculum, it is the pace and learning style which differ.

In our current Year 3, Year 5 & Year 6, we have an additional teacher who teaches maths to a smaller group of children from each year, following the same content and curriculum as the other classes.

Outisde of school, maths learning is supported through the use of MyMaths and Times Table Rock Stars. Homework is set through the MyMaths website and children are encouraged to practise their times tables several times weekly by using the Times Table Rock Stars website.

Our Approach to Calculation

Mental Calculations

An ability to calculate mentally lies at the heart of numeracy. At Waverley Abbey, we believe that it is essential to emphasise mental methods throughout the school, with regular opportunities for all pupils to develop the different skills involved. Great importance is placed upon the learning of tables and number bonds as these underpin all other number work.

These skills include:

  • Remembering number facts and recalling them without hesitation;
  • Using the facts that are known by heart to figure out new facts.
  • Understanding and using the relationships between the ‘four rules’ to work out answers and check results.
  • Drawing on a repertoire of mental strategies to work out calculations.
  • We believe that number bonds and tables facts are the building blocks of mathematics. When these facts are committed to memory and used on an everyday basis they allow pupils to have the confidence and understanding to move on to more complex methods of calculation.

Informal Jottings

As pupils progress to working with larger numbers they will learn more sophisticated mental methods and tackle more complex problems. At this stage, it can be hard for pupils to hold all the steps of a calculation in their heads and so informal pencil and paper notes become part of their mental strategies. These personal jottings are an important stage in getting the right answer and acquiring fluency in mental calculation.

Standard Written Methods

For each operation, at least one standard written method is taught in the later primary years but the progression towards these methods is crucial, since they are based on steps which are done mentally and which need to be secured first.

Please find below the calculation policies for each operation and an overview of the content taught in each year group as per the National Curriculum.