Mathematics is an essential part of everyday life and at Christchurch Infant’s School we place great importance upon the acquisition of basic skills.
The Mathematics Policy explains how we teach Mathematics at our school and the Calculation Policy will help you to support your child in their learning at home. Both can be found below.
Maths Curriculum Statement
At Christchurch Infant School we aim to ensure that all children
• become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
• are able to reason mathematically
• can solve problems by applying their mathematics
These skills are embedded within maths lessons and developed consistently over time. Our intention is that all children are taught to become confident and independent mathematicians, developing a deep understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations. Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking. Children are provided with the necessary resources to allow them to access the maths curriculum and they are encouraged to use these to explain their logic and reasoning.
At Christchurch Infant School, we follow the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme of learning to ensure that all objectives are covered in each year group and that we are planning to the three key principles, outlined above, to deepen understanding. Teachers use careful questioning to draw out children’s discussions and reasoning. Independent work provides all children the means to develop their fluency further, before progressing onto more complex related problems. Teachers reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in mathematics. Lessons are appropriately differentiated to allow for this, through individual support and intervention.
In KS1 mathematical topics are taught in blocks to enable the achievement of mastery over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as appropriate. In Foundation, the concrete-pictorial-abstract approach is used to develop children’s mathematical understanding, through Let’s Explore activities linked to the objectives.
Alongside the White Rose Scheme, we utilise the DfE approved Power Maths online resources to support planning and learning. All children are given the opportunity to access Mathletics at home, to embed their learning. Both resources are fully aligned to the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme.
At Christchurch Infant School, the majority of children reach age related expectations, or above in mathematics. Through moderation of planning, lessons, books and through talking to the children, a positive attitude towards mathematics is demonstrated. Children leave Christchurch Infants with a solid foundation in mathematics, ready and motivated to continue their learning into KS2.
We are excited to announce that we have purchased a subscription to Mathletics for every child in our school! Please encourage your child to access this resource at home.
Mathletics is a targeted, rewarding and captivating online learning resource, which is aligned to curriculum standards. Your child has take-home access to Mathletics - they simply sign in with their school username and password using any compatible computer or mobile device.
The extra Mathletics practise at home can make all the difference to your child’s progress. Encourage them to achieve a weekly target of 1000 points to earn a certificate, building through bronze, silver and gold across the school year. Children will receive their log in shortly after an introduction by their teacher in class.
For parts of the year we run a Mathletics Club and a Times Tables Club at lunchtimes. This is an opportunity for children to improve their mathematical knowledge and understanding in a fun way.
Hit the Button is a fantastic online game for learning times tables out of sequence.