At Thomas Jolyffe Primary School we strongly believe that all our children should develop a deep understanding of maths. We help the children to achieve this by introducing them to new concepts through the practical use of resources, before they move on to thinking about how maths can be represented visually. From this the children are able to understand, in practical terms, abstract mathematical concepts. Learning in this way, also helps them to retain the skills they have learnt and to apply them in different contexts.
At TJ we teach the objectives that are set out in the maths section in the National Curriculum for England and Wales. We deliver this by using the White Rose Maths Scheme that breaks down these broad objectives in to small steps. We assess the children's understanding against a selection of these small steps.
We also strongly believe in the National Curriculum’s assertion that ‘Mathematics is an interconnected subject … [and] children should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.’ To achieve this, in each subject area, within maths, the children have the opportunity to answer questions that develop their basic mathematical skills, their fluency of understanding and to complete some complex problem solving that challenges their understanding of the concepts.
In addition, the children undertake a range of maths investigations that helps them to develop their reasoning skills. In these lessons they may be tackling a logic problem; finding more than one solution to a problem; working systematically to ensure they have found all the solutions, or they may be given open ended challenge where they can make new discoveries for themselves.