At Altmore we want to develop children who can cope with the problems life throws at them. If you think about it, many problems in life will involve Maths. Whether it’s working out change in a shop or how long you have got before you need to leave for work. We want children to make sense of the world around us through a sound understanding of basic mathematical concepts and by developing their ability to calculate fluently, to reason and to solve problems. We want to encourage a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about mathematics through providing a rich, varied and challenging curriculum to enable children to become confident mathematicians. We hope to break the ‘fear’ factor surrounding Maths and show them that it can be relevant and fun even when it challenges us.
Our aim is that all children will have:
- A deep understanding of basic mathematical concepts.
- Confidence and competence so that they are proud of their achievements.
- The ability to work collaboratively, to discuss ideas and solutions to maths problems using appropriate mathematical language.
- Resilience and a growth mind set so they are equipped to be challenged, learn from their mistakes and solve problems.
- Rich mathematical experiences where they have applied knowledge to puzzles, problems and everyday life.
- The ability to use their maths to make links through the wider curriculum.
- Enthusiasm and fascination about maths itself.
At Altmore, we teach a mastery approach because it offers all children access to the full maths curriculum. Our emphasis is on solving problems in many different ways, and to challenge our children to see the connections between different methods, building self-confidence and resilience.
The Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach supports the teaching and learning of maths by helping children have a deeper understanding when solving problems.
How are lessons taught?
Lessons typically are broken into three parts and can last one or more days. Children usually work in pairs, where children can support and challenge each other.
The three parts to a lesson are:
- Anchor Task – the entire class spends time on a question guided by the teacher. The children are encouraged during this time to think of as many ways as possible to solve the question as possible.
- Guided Practice – children practice new ideas in groups, pairs or individually guided by the teacher.
- Independent Practice – children practice on your own. Once children have mastered the concept they use their reasoning and problem solving skills to develop their depth of learning.
What impact will Maths Mastery have on your child?
Children will have a greater conceptual understanding of number and calculation. They will be able to visualise and generalise more readily due to a more in-depth understanding.
Struggling learners will be fully supported through accessing concrete equipment and use of visual models to support understanding.
Confident learners will be challenged through exposure to unfamiliar problems, development of reasoning skills and by exploring multiple ways to manipulate numbers and solve problems.
All learners will access teaching of content which matches the expectations of the new curriculum in England and be supported further, if needed, in order to access this. The resources match the expectations for formal written methods set out by the Government, alongside greater understanding.
Find out more about Maths No Problem by looking at some of the links below:
Numbots – Numbots is an on-line Maths platform for boosting addition and subtraction skills. Playing little and often will significantly improve children’s recall and understanding of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts, which are critical foundations in Maths.
Children should regularly play for short bursts of time so we ask for families to encourage their child to use the website for 15 minutes each day and that they also access it on weekends too.
Game Types – Numbots
- Story Mode – the emphasis is on learning the ideas and concepts behind addition and subtraction so it features more diagrams, shapes and question styles.
- Challenge Mode – the emphasis is more on speed of recall of key facts, like number bonds to 10, doubling small numbers or adding & taking away in your head.
TT Rockstar – Times Tables Rock Stars is an on-line learning resource we have been using in school (and at home) forover a year in Year 2. TT Rock Stars helps children to learn their times tables and related division facts.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so.
This format has very successfully boosted times tables recall speed for hundreds of thousands of pupils over the last 8 years in over 14,000 schools – both primary and secondary – worldwide.