Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Rylands Junior School is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Maths. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Arithmetic and basic maths skills are regularly practised to ensure key mathematical concepts are embedded and children can recall this information to see the links between topics in Maths. We encourage resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning.
Click on the links below for more details on the Maths Curriculum or the Big Maths scheme
Maths at Rylands:
In school, we follow the National Curriculum and White Rose Schemes of Work as a guide to support teachers with their planning and assessment.
The calculation policy is used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time.
- The emphasis on number skills (place value, the four operations and fractions) are taught first, carefully ordered, throughout the primary curriculum. For some other topics, the order isn’t as crucial, e.g. Shapes and Statistics come after number, but don’t depend on each other. We try to mix these so pupils have as wide a variety of mathematical experiences as possible in each term and year.
- A range of reasoning resources and activities are used to challenge all children and give them the opportunity to reason with their understanding.
- Children are taught through targeted differentiated small group and mixed ability whole class lessons.
- Lessons use a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract approach to guide children through their understanding of mathematical processes.
- Maths interventions are used to support children who have gaps in their learning/ understanding or who have misconceptions. These range from 1:1 tutoring to small group intervention both within and outside the daily lesson.
- Children who show their understanding at a deeper level within a unit, have opportunities to apply these skills in greater depth activities. These are challenging and ensure the children are using more than just one skill to be able to answer the mathematical problems.
- Children with additional needs are included in whole class lessons and their teacher provides scaffolding and relevant support as necessary. For those children who are working outside of the year group curriculum, individual learning activities are provided to ensure their progress.
- Pre and post assessments are used to ensure teaching is delivered at the point of “need.” Consolidation lessons are used to revisit previous learning and ensure Maths skills are embedded.
- Homework is set via the online learning platform Mathletics to develop and review children’s learning.
- Where possible, links are made with other subjects across the curriculum.
As a result of our Maths teaching at Rylands Junior you will see:
- Engaged children who are all challenged.
- Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
- Lessons that use a variety of resources to support learning.
- Different representations of mathematical concepts.
- Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress.