The series ensures that children learn to think mathematically and that they make connections and generalisations to help them learn.
During each lesson, we prioritise the mastery of conceptual Maths understanding through the use of real life/everyday problems as children explore and investigate. Communication is key as they work alongside peers to reason, explain and justify their thinking using mathematical vocabulary.
Teachers carefully plan open ended, challenging questions which enable our children to make connections and identify patterns and draw conclusions about Mathematical concepts and problem solving. Misconceptions are addressed as they arise, and teachers actively engage children in proving their ideas.
The whole class works through the programme of study at the same pace with ample time on each topic before moving on. Ideas are revisited at higher levels as the curriculum progresses through the years. Tasks and activities are designed to be approachable for all while still containing challenging components. For advanced learners, the textbooks also contain non-routine questions for pupils to develop their higher-order thinking skills. Concepts are taught using problem-solving approaches to encourage pupils’ higher-level thinking. The focus is on working with pupils’ core competencies, building on what they know to develop their relational understanding, based on Richard Skemp’s work. During each lesson, all children use apparatus or visual aid. As they make progress in the lesson, they move towards using abstract representations for Mathematical concepts (The CPA approach).
In addition to these core Maths lessons, all children have focused lessons on times tables, reasoning and arithmetic to provide security and depth to their learning. This allows pupils to make connections between Mathematical topics and ensures we are able to support all children whilst stretching and challenging the highest attainers. Furthermore, pupils are able to develop and refine the skills they will require in Years 5 and 6 when faced with the 11+ exams.