St. George’s School develops mathematical skills and understanding by using the guidelines from the National Curriculum; supported by the WhiteRose Scheme of Work. We focus on using and applying maths; number; shape, space and measurement; handling data and problem-solving.
Maths mastery: We encourage the development of mathematical understanding in children to enable them to use mathematics in their everyday lives. Children’s chances of succeeding will be maximised if they develop deep and lasting procedural and conceptual mathematical understanding. The decisions about when to progress children on is based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material are supported so that they can consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Children from Reception upwards have a daily math lesson to encourage pupils to enjoy math and instil a confident, positive attitude towards the subject. They enjoy taking part in practical activities and mathematical games; can apply their knowledge to problem-solving tasks; undertake open and closed tasks and are equipped with a range of mathematical methods of calculating. They are taught to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
Teachers take part in regular training through INSET and staff meetings to ensure they are up to date with best practice; as a school, we also use cross moderation with other schools in order to develop good practice.
To support learning at home, children have access to our Learning Platforms: DB Primary, Espresso Discovery, TTRockStars, and Numbergym, where a variety of activities can be completed to reinforce concepts learnt at school. We understand the important work that parents do to support their child with their learning at home and provide a 'Maths at Home' section on our website (found in the Parent’s Information / Helping Your Child at Home) to support parents with mathematical concepts and how we teach them at school.
The school hosts an after school Yr. 5 club called, ‘The Curious Mathematician,’ where the children are supported with communicating mathematically, developing resilience and encouraged to have fun.
Mrs Angland – Maths Subject Leader