At King Offa Primary Academy, we follow the Maths Mastery approaching to the teaching of mathematics and children are taught Maths every day.
We want pupils to develop a love for mathematics and from an early age, they are shown that playing with numbers can be fun. Teachers use White Rose Maths resources, for the teaching of mathematics. The learning concept (topic) is introduced and children are encouraged and supported to choose learning activities which best meet their needs, helping them to master new mathematical concepts. Pupils go through a learning sequence, where they develop their fluency and this leads them to a 'deep understanding' of the concepts they are learning. We believe in developing pupils' enthusiasm and engagement for the subject, so that they have a real love of all things Maths!
During their time at King Offa Primary Academy, all pupils have a broad and balanced experience of mathematics so that, in addition to learning how to add up, take away, times and divide, pupils are develop secure knowledge and understanding of all of the six strands of mathematics. These are;
- place value
- decimals and percentages
- ratio and proportion
- geometry (properties of shapes/position, direction, motion)
Once their knowledge of the mathematical concepts is secure, pupils will be taught to investigate and solve mathematical problems and puzzles.
The school has a systematic approach to the teaching of the four mathematical operations – addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The school’s ‘Calculation Policy’ ensures that the complexities between each of the four operations are taught in a logical sequence. The teaching of Mathematics is carefully planned so that children’s knowledge is built upon over time. The six strands of mathematics are revisited each year, throughout a child’s journey through King Offa Primary Academy. Our teachers are trained and skillful at teaching mathematics and teachers will draw upon a range of resources to help them plan effective lessons. The value of concrete resources to support the learning of mathematical concepts is never underestimated, so that mathematical ideas do not become too abstract too early.