At Warton, we teach maths every day with a short additional session at the start of each day for pupils to review their work, make corrections and challenge themselves just that little bit more! Miss Day is our Maths Lead and is very passionate about the teaching of maths across the school. If you can’t find the information you need here, please just let Miss Day know and she will be happy to help!
Be courageous- Discover new mathematical concepts, skills and thinking strategies. Participate in discussions and activities where you apply your mathematical knowledge to solve problems. Be willing to embrace challenges and take risks when applying your learning in real-life contexts.
Be strong– Remember that we might not understand a new concept straight away and it’s ok to make mistakes. Overcoming these hurdles and persevering is how we learn. Through maths we build independence in our learning and become more ambitious to achieve an even greater understanding of concepts and skills.
Do everything with love- Take pride in your work and be proud of your accomplishments. Be supportive of your peers and praise their achievements as well as your own.
Our Approach to Maths
At Warton, we use the White Rose overview to structure our maths lessons across the year. This structure enables our children to learn concepts in a sequential way through which they build upon prior learning. Each maths unit is preceded by a ‘Cold Task’ that helps teachers to understand which concepts children are already secure with and remember well and which may need to be retaught. See below for more information about assessment.
Our Calculation Policies
We follow the White Rose Calculation Policy for each of the four operations. We have been investing in new mathematical resources, which helps to ensure that children can work practically as well as on paper to explore and understand their ideas. As part of the NFER Mastering Number programme (see below) we also use Rekenreks to support learning in KS1.
Assessment in Maths
With the introduction of Ready to Progress Criteria, which has been produced to help schools develop primary school pupils’ mastery of mathematics, we have created ‘Cold’ and ‘Hot’ tasks. The concepts shared in the guidance are taught through our teaching of mathematics following the White Rose scheme of work. These are tasks that provide teachers with an overview of each pupils understanding of a mathematical topic and its core concepts. Using these in ‘Cold’ tasks allows teachers to adapt their teaching sequence to suit a pupil’s needs, ensuring that they have a clear understanding of the previous year’s criterion before they progress. The ‘Hot’ tasks are used once the mathematical concept has been taught as a way to assess a pupil’s understanding. This provides teachers with evidence of a child’s knowledge and identifies whether any particular elements need to be addressed and covered with pupils. These are reviewed in morning maths work with the children to ensure their understanding has been embedded. You can visit the Ready to Progress documents using this link.
Mastery of Maths
Miss Day, our Maths Lead, has started a journey with the Maths Hub which over the next few years will embed a Mastery Approach to the teaching of Maths across the school.We are running with two NCETM Maths Mastery programmes, both of which started in September 2021.
1) Mastering Number – This project aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense for all children from Reception through to Year 1 and Year 2. The aim over time is that children will leave KS1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention will be given to key knowledge and understanding needed in Reception classes, and progression through KS1 to support success in the future.
2) Developing Mastery: This project aims to support teachers with investigating, trialing and embedding mastery approaches within their classrooms. Miss Day and Mr Whorwood are currently half way through the initial two year cycle for this programme.