Aim of the subject
We aim to develop boys who enjoy Maths and study it with confidence and achievement to assist independence and to provide a basis for an understanding and enjoyment of the world around us.
The core of our planning is the National Numeracy Strategy Framework. This is primarily taught through the Abacus scheme, though a range of other materials and ICT are also employed by all teachers for delivery.
Methods of assessment
Each child’s progress is continually assessed and informs day to day planning. We assess by observation, discussion and marking work as well as through more formal methods. These include regular mental and table tests, as well as ongoing assessment of progression through each or selected units of work within the Abacus scheme. We also use the INCAS assessments at the end of each year.
All classes should have a daily mathematics lesson equivalent of 1 hour. Other time is given though the teaching of Maths within other subjects, particularly Science.
Emphasis on boy’s learning
Lessons are planned to be exciting and active to stimulate the boy learner. A lively environment that allows boys to be hands on and competitive is encouraged.
Samples of work and assessment data are collected and annotated by each class teacher. These are kept in a file for each pupil and passed on to each receiving teacher for inspection. As boys move classes meetings take place to discuss individuals and the curriculum that has been taught. Meetings also take place between KS1, KS2 and KS3 coordinators to discuss the movement of boys between key stages and the delivery of the curriculum as a whole.
Planning for the subject
Planning for Maths is carried out at three levels. Each year group has a long term plan which outlines the topics to be taught each year based upon the Abacus scheme of work and the National Numeracy Strategy. Medium term planning gives specific tasks that are to be taught to satisfy the chosen learning objectives for each term. Weekly and daily planning emphasise how these tasks are to be delivered. Work is differentiated as appropriate.
Gifted and talented
Enrichment/extension work is provided by all teachers in all classes as part of normal differentiated provision. Differentiation provides activities requiring higher order thinking skills.
Support for learning
Wherever possible we aim to fully include SEN pupils in the daily mathematics lesson so that they benefit from the emphasis on oral and mental work and by listening and participating with other children in demonstrating and explaining their methods. Where necessary teachers will, in consultation with the SENCO, draw up an Individual Educational Plan for a child.
Cross curricular links
Opportunities arise for the application of knowledge in other curricular areas, and in particular Science and ICT where skills such as data handling and graphical representation are important to learning.