Our Maths Approach
At Addison we aim to provide our children with a high quality mathematical education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about the subject. We believe that mathematics is a creative discipline which should be incorporated in all areas of the curriculum. Mathematics equips children with a powerful set of tools that they can use in everyday life.
How we teach Mathematics:
Pupils at Addison are involved in a wide range of activities which help them to be fluent, confident mathematicians able to learn concepts, solve problems, develop their mental skills and reason mathematically. Through regular and rigorous practice, they can embed these skills in any context and relate what they have learnt in class to the real world. Using practical resources provided, pupils often investigate tasks, working collaboratively in pairs or groups and independently. In addition, children are encouraged and expected to learn their times tables, number combinations and increase their knowledge of their number facts. We use Times Tables Rock stars to encourage the children to not only recall times tables instantaneously.
All year groups are teaching to ‘mastery’ using the national curriculum objectives. We use White Rose schemes of learning to structure our lessons. White Rose is influenced, inspired and informed by the work of leading maths researchers and practitioners across the world. Their mantra is ‘Everyone can do maths: Everyone can!’ We at Addison believe this too and this attitude is helping to shape assured, happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum.
Maths mastery is based around three principles; that conceptual understating is key; that children must be able to speak in full sentences and use correct mathematical vocabulary and that they can learn to think like mathematicians. Teaching to mastery uses problem solving as a way to promote these principles. The curriculum moves at a much slower pace, giving children the opportunity to ‘master’ skills and understanding before allowing them to be applied in other contexts.
One of the main aspects of ‘Maths Mastery’ is the Concrete – Pictorial- Abstract (CPA) approach which is being implemented from Reception all the way to Year 6. This approach insists on using concrete and pictorial representations of number before moving on to the abstract. Going back to our belief that all children can succeed at mathematics, means that mistakes are valued as part of the learning process and should be learned from. ‘Maths Mastery’ highlights the importance of the development of subject knowledge in teachers; something which Addison Primary School also strongly believes in.
How parents can support their children with Mathematics:
If children are to be fluent in mathematics we believe they require quick and accurate recall of facts. You can help your children by rehearsing number facts at home. Multiplication facts and number bonds can be rehearsed in many different ways, from playing games to using charts and computer programs.
Maths online resources and games: