Maths at Gilmour Infant School
At Gilmour Infant School it is our intent to provide children with a high-quality, broad and challenging Mathematics curriculum. The exciting learning journey will allow for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, developing their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Children will be able to reason mathematically by justifying, making links to known facts, or providing proof using mathematical language. Understanding of concepts will be challenged through solving problems by applying their mathematic knowledge. Links within other subjects will be highlighted and skills and mathematical knowledge will be applied. We will equip children with the foundations of mathematics that are essential to everyday life.
In the Foundation Stage, our young mathematicians will be provided with many exciting opportunities, through planned purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities, to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Throughout Key Stage 1, we follow the School Improvement Liverpool Mathematics Plans, supplemented by White Rose Maths and NCETM Mastery Documents to teach a broad and challenging curriculum. Our Mathematics curriculum will provide many opportunities for children to develop confidence and fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. The use of practical equipment, such as concrete objects and measuring tools, will support the children to gain a deeper conceptual understanding before being challenged through tasks and questions to explain their reasoning and solve a range of problems. The children are equipped with the skills to recognise shapes and their properties and measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
In addition to daily Mathematics lessons, children take part in a Maths basic skills session. Fluency and accuracy of key mathematics skills are developed during these sessions and provide an opportunity to revisit and review misconceptions and deepen previously taught content.
A variety of methods are used to find out what the children know and understand. Lesson activities are differentiated to suit the different abilities and learning styles. Mathematics lessons allow for collaborative learning and thus encourage children to talk in pairs, small groups or through class discussion, to share learning. For those children who grasp concepts rapidly, they will be challenged through a range of problems, whilst those not sufficiently fluent will be provided with opportunities to consolidate their understanding through additional practice and first response intervention. Children’s understanding of taught concepts will be assessed using end of block assessment tasks which provide opportunities for children to demonstrate their understanding fully. Evidence of the children’s learning journey through each Mathematics topic will be recorded in Maths books, working walls and class floor books.
We have developed ‘I can…’ assessment sheets, with statements taken directly from the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. As each unit of work is covered, we consider the related intended learning, recognise children who are working at or beyond the expected level for Key Stage 1, as well as identifying the children who need and who will therefore receive support. Children in the Foundation Stage will be assessed against the Early Years Learning Goal. Children in Year 2 will be assessed against the End of Year 2 Teacher Assessment Framework.
Mathematics monitoring includes work scrutinies, lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil voice interviews/questionnaires in order to ascertain correct curriculum coverage, the quality of teaching and learning as well as the children’s attitudes to and retention of maths learning. This information is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.
Each week our "Learning Together" sheets will be sent home detailing the learning that has been taking place in Maths. Examples will be given of the type of problems your child has been solving and the methods they have used. Please use these to help support your child completing their "My Maths" homework which will be based around what they have learnt each week. The "My Maths" online platform also provides accompanying lessons to support the online homework if needed.
If you need any support or advice with the Maths learning that is taking place, please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher who will be able to support you.
The "Family Maths toolkit" is to support families learning Maths together. It is full of ideas and activities to enjoy working through together to improve your Maths. Following the link below will take you to the toolkit.
We hope you have lots of fun having a go at some of these activities.
Be positive about Maths! - even if you have had bad experiences yourself.
Point out Maths in everyday life (numbers, counting, measuring) - shopping, cooking, travelling.
Praise your child for their efforts in Maths.