Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy,the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.
At St Nicholas' we teach maths in two parts: Maths meeting and Inspire Maths.
What is a maths meeting?
What is it:
2014 is a knowledge based curriculum, There is a need to ensure key maths, mathematical vocabulary, mental maths and arithmetic
knowledge and skills are learned; that they stick and continue to be practised so that children develop automacity which enables them to access more complex content; to problem solve and to reason.
Maths meetings have led to progress scores of +4 over ks2 with 100% of pupils in some cohorts reaching expected levels in schools that use them. Math’s Meetings are transformational because they use what neuroscience teaches us about the forgetting curve and the spacing effect.
We follow the ‘Inspire Maths’ approach to teaching mathematics. This was introduced with Year One children in September 2018, and is now embedded practice across KS1 and up to year 4. The principles of Inspire Maths are also used in KS2.
What is Inspire Maths?
Each child records their learning in a practice book. The practice books reinforce the concepts that have been introduced and encourage extensive opportunities for independent practice. This builds fluency through frequent and varied practice leading towards mastery of concepts. Practice books include a variety of questions and word problems (including non-routine) for consolidation, and challenging questions.
Comprehensive reviews provide consolidation after every two or three unit. Each child has an Inspire Assessment Book. These books support teachers to assess children’s mastery of concepts and create a record of individual progress. Inspire Maths provides a range of summative assessments that can be used after teaching 2-3 units, mid-term or termly. Children are also assessed against Age Related Expectations in Mathematics using our school tracking and assessment procedures, supported by Assertive Mentoring summative assessments. At St Nicks' we also use a range of other assessment tools to assess and support our children. We use both the headstart assessment papers, previous SATs paper (in year 2 and 6) and evidence from Maths meetings.
Each unit in ‘Inspire Maths’ includes suggestions for how parents may support learning at home Class teachers will explore children’s maths practice books with parents during the termly Assertive Mentoring meetings. This will include discussions about the methods that the children are learning and how to support children at home. Workshops will take place in the Autumn term for parents wishing to find out more information about the maths that their children will be learning that year, and how to support at home.