Maths at Old Hall Drive Academy
At Old Hall Drive we follow the National Curriculum (2014). Each class has a daily maths lesson and we also link maths to other subjects whenever possible.
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately to problems
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
(Department for Education (2013) The National Curriculum in England: Key Stages 1 and 2 framework document. [Online] Available from: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum [Accessed October 2016].
Our teaching sequence uses a CPA approach as we feel this is the best way of meeting the aims:
- Concrete: this is practical maths, investigating all aspects of maths using items children can hold and move to build a solid basis, especially in number and calculation. Children count, add and subtract objects, then count in groups to multiply and divide and to develop a good understanding of fractions. They investigate shapes by building with them or drawing round them and later by comparing them. Throughout school, we encourage children to use objects to help them understand new ideas.
- Pictorial: this is next step and means that children move on to using pictures to support their understanding. This could be a picture we give them or a sketch they draw themselves.
- Abstract: this is the stage where children are able to calculate without equipment to support them. They have a good understanding of shape and are able to visualise them to work with them. Their understanding of fractions helps them to develop into using decimals and percentages and to work with ratio and proportion.
We encourage learning through reasoning and solving problems as this gives children chance to develop their skills and understanding in an interesting way. Children who can reason about and explain the decisions they make mathematically, generally have a deeper and more solid understanding than those that can just follow procedures. They tend to have a wider range of techniques to use, which means they are more resilient and independent learners