Subject Expectations: Mathematics
How often and when is the subject taught?
Mathematics is taught at least 5 times a week, with a discrete weekly focus on Arithmetic each Friday.
Who teaches the subject?
Class teachers are responsible for the teaching of the Mathematics Curriculum.
How is the subject recorded? (Which book? Photographs? How is it evidenced?)
EYFS: Maths Book (focused activities) and individual Learning Journeys
KS1 & KS2: Maths book.
Photographic evidence of practical work is often printed and recorded in pupils books to showcase their wider learning experiences
How is the subject taught?
- Planned sessions which engage, excite and enthuse learners.
- Opportunities to gain skills in a range of areas of Mathematics.
- Planned progressive, skill-based lessons that cover the key skills set out in the medium term planning for their year group.
- Learning Objectives and success criteria being shared with the children at the beginning and reviewed at the end of every lesson.
- Differentiated lessons which meet the needs of all pupils within the class.
- Open-ended challenges using a wide range of resources.
- Opportunities for children to work both collaboratively and independently.
- Mathematical vocabulary and opportunities for children to apply reasoning skills are built into lessons.
How is the subject assessed/marked?
- Assessment for learning based on observations, key questioning and discussion, used to inform lesson planning and used to evaluate attainment at the end of each unit of work.
- Day-to-day marking of pupil books – learning moved forward via developmental tasks.
- Opportunities for children to evaluate their own work and that of other pupils through self and peer-assessment.
- Target Tracker is updated and monitored termly (progress and ARE) for all children and half termly for Pupil Premium children.
- Half-termly testing: Mental Maths (KS1); Times Tables (Yr2-6); and Arithmetic skills (Yr2-6).
- Termly testing: White Rose (Reasoning)
How is the subject planned for? (Short/Medium/Long term planning)
- Our long-term planning is under pinned by the White Rose scheme of work (evaluated and annotated by class teachers) and is focused on the progression of skills and understanding from EYFS to Year 6.
- Our Calculation Policy provides further details and exemplars of the progression of both written and mental calculation methods for all four of the operations.
How is work for the subject displayed?
- A Maths display in the school corridors showcasing progression in particular skills, including place value and four operations. This display showcases high-quality examples of pupils work, including problem-solving and reasoning.
- Each class has a Maths working wall, displaying key vocabulary, WAGOLLs and examples of children’s work showcasing the current learning journey
- Photographic evidence of displays (across the school) can be found in the Subject Leader Folder.
Resourcing (What/Where is it stored?)
- Majority of day-to-day resources are stored within each classroom: cubes, dice, protractors, shapes, calculators, counters etc.
- Each class has a manipulatives box containing sets of the most relevant concrete resources and pictorial representations to support children’s development of deep number sense
- Additional resources, including measuring equipment for length, time, mass and capacity, can be found in the Maths/Science cupboard.
- Our iPads contain many APPs to develop maths skills: Times Table Rockstars; number bonds and skill drills.
What homework is set?
- Weekly Maths homework is set across the school.
- Children also have access the Times Table Rockstars (online platform) to develop their rapid recall of times table and related number facts – weekly activities set on this and differentiated based on children’s ability.
Cross Curricular Learning and Current Events Evidence
- It is the expectation that Mathematics skills are used to support, use alongside and feed into other areas of the curriculum. For example: data collection; graph work; sorting and classifying; and take measurements.
- Upcoming events:
NSPCC Number Day – 5th February 2021.
World Maths Day – 15th October 2021.
Subject specific information
- Afternoon interventions are in place to plug and narrow the gap in basic maths skills.
- Maths Book and Planning scrutinies carried out termly (first half of each term).
- Maths Moderation carried out termly (second half of each term).
- KS1 And KS2 Mathematics National Curriculum
- KS2 Maths At Home Booklet For Parents
- Maths At Home Booklet
- Maths Policy 2021 22
- Progression In Mathematics
- Times Table Rockstars
- Times Tables At KGV
- Times Tables Strategies Parent Guide
Maths Useful Websites
free to use and you can register whole classes, using only student’s initials;
Lots of Maths and English resources, interactive activities, worksheets, etc.
Able to set homework at differentiated levels.
A really good site for rich maths activities, problem solving children's solutions and teacher’s guide for support and extension activities.
Lots of ‘low threshold, high ceiling’ tasks.
Whiteboard resources, interactive games and timed differentiated challenges such as Speed Challenge and Hit the Button
The Mathematics Shed
Lots of real life Maths some really good stuff based around money, shopping, telling the time etc. with images.
A free UK site with flashcards, times tables challenges, problem solving cards, create your own Sudoku grids and 2 minute challenges. Also has a range of resources for different subjects.
Main site requires a subscription, but there are a number of free puzzles and games and you can create a login to access more free resources.
TV Series probably most suitable for KS3 students in which Maths challenges are presented in an unusual way.
Gary Hall Maths Resources
I’m not sure who Gary Hall is but he has spent an awful lot of time putting this together. Basically, you choose the year/strand you’re teaching, click on it and it takes you straight to suggested activities from a range of resources that will cover that objective- brilliant!