"The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics" Paul Halmos
We aim to inspire children to develop a love for maths and, as a staff team, we work closely together to promote risk taking, curiosity and enthusiasm for maths from Reception to year 6- and beyond!
To engage pupils through a challenging and exciting maths curriculum; to ensure fluency in calculation and problems solving; to use small steps to make progress across the school. Children are taught to be fluent mathematicians who can use their classroom knowledge to problem solve and explain their understanding confidently.
Through the use of small steps within the White Rose scheme of learning, children are both supported and challenged to become confident mathematicians. Mixed ability, whole class teaching across the school allows for all children to access the curriculum without a 'ceiling' being put upon them. Interventions for fundamental skills are put in place for children who need more tailored support to access their maths learning; however, these are designed to be short and effective, therefore allowing children to feel secure when working alongside their peers. Using White Rose across the school allows for knowledge and skills to be built upon whilst previous year groups learning can be revisited where necessary. Methods- both mental and written- are carefully built upon as children move up through the school. Throughout the year, key concepts are revisited to ensure full understanding and practical, hands on activities are used to embed learning. White Rose encourages children to move from concrete resources e.g. beads, counting blocks numicon, to pictorial drawings and images and finally to abstract number calculations and representations.
Children will have sound knowledge of mathematical skills that they are able to apply to other subjects and real life contexts. They will understand the value in making a mistake and have the ability to problem solve independently and as part of a team. Children will have a passion for the subject of maths and will have the ability to challenge themselves when appropriate. At Westbury Park, we hope that the impact of our mathematical curriculum fosters a transferable set of skills including those that are unique to maths as well as characteristics of learning that support all areas of life long learning.
fundamental mathematical skills
We believe that there are fundamental mathematical skills that will provide children with a foundation for their learning: times tables, number bonds and formal written methods. These areas of maths are intertwined within most of our lessons, through chanting, tests, discrete teaching and reminders around the classroom. You can find out a little more about the methods we use in our calculation policies.
mastery maths hub
Westbury Park is part of a Mastery Maths Hub, which gives us the opportunity to work closely with other local schools to enhance our maths teaching, share good practice and ultimately give the children the best possible maths education. Embracing the concept of mastery means that we encourage children to 'learn without limits'; we want them to feel supported and challenged to take the next steps within maths all the while knowing that they are learning at their pace. We encourage children to work together to reason and justify and to link their learning to life outside of the classroom. For those children who have a natural love for the subject, mastery helps to inspire them to look more deeply at their learning, to ask questions, to find alternatives and to use their skills to challenge what they think they know!