Teaching Mathematics in Catchgate
We are committed to delivering a high-quality mathematics education where all children thrive.
We aim to explore the purpose of maths - why it is important to learn maths and how it impacts on our daily lives. We try wherever possible to include examples of real-life situations that link to the maths we are learning, whether this is as basic as counting money for a shop to measuring the area of a floor for new carpets!
Carefully planned lessons, in which the teachers consider the prior learning of the children and the needs/individual targets of some pupils, are key in ensuring that support is targeted appropriately. Teachers identify the key vocabulary required for a lesson, make links to key skills required to make good progress and outline what success will look like in a lesson.
Long-term planning considers the best order to introduce key skills to pupils. For example, we would not expect children to convert measurements until they have understood the basic skills of multiplying by 10, 100 or 1000. For this reason, children are taught to be fluent in their recall of facts and procedures, moving on to identifying links from those to other areas of work once they are secure.
We assess against each objective, taking care to note who may require extra support in or before future lessons as well as those who may have missed some teaching due to absence. This assessment is reported to parents at three points in the year: at the parents meetings in November, the mid-year report in March and the end of year report in July. Pupils lacking progress, those with SEND outcomes and children with external agency support may receive more frequent updates.
Most importantly, we want children to enjoy maths and believe they can achieve.