Here at Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe, we believe mathematics is an essential element of everyday life and that mathematical thinking supports learning across the curriculum. We deliver mathematics in a variety of ways in order to fuel our children with the knowledge and understanding to make progress in their learning. As children progress through the school, they learn how to make sense of numbers and patterns in the world around them and discover new connections. They learn to explore and explain their thinking and become more able to manipulate mathematical ideas to be able to solve problems. We want our children to understand the value of mathematics in life beyond school (in our economy, society and culture) and to know how to use it as a tool in life. We want our children to be confident to recall key facts that help support learning in real-life contexts and across different subject areas.
We believe language is the key to success. We want our children to say, ‘I can do that’ and ‘I can find a solution’ because they are resilient and confident in their mathematical ability.
At Oasis Academy Nunsthorpe we use a mastery approach to teach our mathematics curriculum following the Mathematics Mastery programme in EYFS. As pupils move into KS1 we use a blended approach to delivering the curriculum using Mathematics Mastery and White Rose Hub and then as children move through KS1 and into KS2, the curriculum uses the small steps in the structure organised by the White Rose. We deliver mathematical strands in blocks and ensure adequate time is given to develop fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills in each of the following areas:
• Place Value • Addition and Subtraction • Multiplication and Division • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages • Algebra • Ratio • Measurement (Money, Time, Mass, Capacity, Temperature, Length, Height, Perimeter, Area, Volume, Conversion) • Geometry (Properties of Shape, Position and Direction) • Statistics
Quality first teaching is our most important and most effective tool in ensuring that children fulfil their potential in mathematics. Staff use a variety of resources from the White Rose ‘Small Steps’ documents, NCETM, Power Maths, Target Maths, Headstart Mathematics, Abacus and other suggested websites as well as creating bespoke resources themselves. All children of all abilities receive opportunities to apply and deepen their learning by accessing reasoning and problem solving tasks throughout each block of learning. Prior learning is referred to in lessons to make connections and deepen understanding. Previously taught objectives are regularly revisited in ‘Quick Maths’ which keeps concepts fresh in children’s minds and gives them opportunities to regularly rehearse calculations.
Whole school visual, written and mental calculation policies structure when and how children are taught to use the four operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through a progression model. Children are taught to consider whether calculations can be done mentally before attempting a written method. The policies are progressive and build on previous teaching to strengthen and deepen understanding.
Blended home and school learning has been a key driver of our implementation in maths this year and we use the White Rose Hub home learning videos and worksheets to provide high quality teaching remotely, as well as using Mathletics and TTRockstars to complement our home learning. Mathletics also provides opportunities for key concepts and knowledge to be revisited by pupils and it provides timely support and guidance for children during planned activities.
Staff use the Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) method of teaching and aim to make learning as practical and visual as possible. Concrete resources and pictorial representations are used across the school to support learning. We endeavour not to race towards ‘abstract only’ teaching but to support all teaching at whatever age with visual representations and practical resources.
At Oasis Nunsthorpe we consider strong staff subject knowledge to be vital in teaching effectively. Pedagogy of mathematics teaching is high on our agenda and we regularly support teachers to strengthen their pedagogy and subject knowledge. We are part of a Mastery Maths Hub Group as part of our commitment to develop our teaching and learning in Mathematics. Lead teachers from this group regularly support staff across the school and deliver training in new approaches to teaching mathematics.
Assessment Knowledge, understanding and levels of attainment are assessed in mathematics in a number of ways – incorporating both formative and summative. Daily marking, observations, discussions with pupils, focussed questioning, levelled plenary questions and AfL tasks allow staff to assess knowledge and understanding of concepts taught. White Rose individual topic tests, end of block tests, TTRockstar tests and Headstart termly assessments are all used to assess attainment and are used alongside teacher assessments to inform leaders about standards reached by individual children and cohorts. Learning walks and moderation done by middle leaders and the academy leadership team ensure accuracy and consistency of attainment judgements made across the school.
In order to drive success for our pupils in mathematics, daily assessments inform our same day interventions. These interventions ensure that children who are not meeting the ARE within each lesson have the opportunity to more personalised support to enable them to be able to make progress towards ARE before the next lesson. We provide personalised interventions for our lowest 20% of pupils as well as our SEND pupils, including precision teaching, personalised curriculum, targeted number interventions and thinking skills.