Moving into KS1, our pupils begin to work towards the National Curriculum (2014) statements. Pupils who did not meet ARE at the end of EYFS have work differentiated to their ability to ensure that their needs are met in mathematics. Our scheme of learning builds upon White Rose but is substituted with NCETM, NRICH and Power Maths. Our mathematics lessons are consistent across school. Each week, each class has a different mental calculation warm-up/starter which is made fun and interactive for our pupils. The children then move onto facilitated input which offer experiential learning, fluency, reasoning and problem-solving activities, depending on the childrens’ current ability and progress through their current unit of study. Recent training now allows our staff to conclude lessons with high quality plenaries. These may consist of problem-free questioning, errors and misconceptions, challenges or an introduction into a new area of learning. Similar to EYFS, working walls are used recap prior learning and mathematical vocabulary is displayed to support this.
Furthermore, and again similar to EYFS, resources are available for all of our topics. Children begin to use these concrete manipulatives from reception and throughout their time at Yohden Primary School. Where possible, learning begins as experiential learning before children move onto the concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to develop a relational rather than instrumental mathematical understanding.
Each unit of work also concludes with an assessment check to ensure children have made progress. Time has been allocated into MTPs to allow for consolidation and to address any errors and misconceptions the children have. Our units also allow for concepts to be repeated throughout the year to ensure pupils develop and maintain learned knowledge and skills. In Years 2 and 6, pupils are offered questions from previous SATs exams using Testbase to again show progress made and to develop a familiarity with this style of questioning.