Learning & Curriculum
At Masefield, we recognise the fascination and excitement that the subject of Mathematics has to offer. We believe that Mathematics is a subject to practically experience, not simply learn, and we engage children in the subject by mathematical concepts within their own daily life contexts. We aim to develop a passion for Mathematics, so that pupils are motivated to use their knowledge to make changes to the world and society they live in.
We believe that all pupils can achieve excellence in mathematics and so we deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum through our teaching for mastery approach. This way of teaching mathematics means that our teachers design lessons in a coherent and well organised way to make the learning inclusive and accessible to all. Time is valued and so fewer topics are taught in greater depth. Every child is individual and has their own creative way of thinking. We value and encourage reasoning and justification as mathematical structures are discovered, allowing pupils the chance to practice use of precise vocabulary to explain their thoughts. We help our pupils see the mathematical structures through our concrete, pictorial and abstract approach. As children develop in confidence, we encourage pupils to think flexibly to develop new and innovative ways to solve problems, drawing on their experiences from not just the Mathematics curriculum, but from personal and wider cross-curricular experiences.
As Masefield, we value quick recall of basic facts so as not to overload the working memory. Time is dedicated to learning key facts, meaning pupils can work more efficiently when working on challenging activities that deepen understanding. The language of mathematics is international and its importance is universally recognised. In our schools, our pupils learn technical vocabulary early as we value a common language when engaging in discussion and reflection of mathematics concepts.
If you would like to find out more about the teaching of Maths in our school, please see the following policies:
Calculation Policy - Addition and Subtraction
Calculation Policy - Multiplication and Division
Our curriculum overviews provide information about which subjects are taught within the curriculum at different parts of the year. These can be viewed below:
At Masefield we use a number of online resources to support the teaching of Maths and to also support parents and pupils with learning at home. Below you will find links to some of our top resources and useful information.
BBC Bitesize KS1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/maths
BBC Bitesize KS2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths
ICT Games http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
Primary Games http://www.primarygames.co.uk
TT Rockstars https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student
Purple Mash https://www.purplemash.com/login/
Parents, Children and Maths by Jenny Murray http://nrich.maths.org/2571
National Numeracy Family Maths Toolkit https://www.familymathstoolkit.org.uk/
NCETM support for parents and carers https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/54432
Oxford Owl http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/maths-owl/maths
Maths 4 Mums and Dads http://www.maths4mumsanddads.co.uk/index.php
National Numeracy Parent toolkit http://www.nnparenttoolkit.org.uk/