At Mansfield Green we teach maths through two separate daily lessons.
Every morning we have a maths meeting which focuses on Arithmetic Proficiency. This daily lesson develops an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately. It is not about new learning, but is about building children's number fluency. The Children practice and consolidate addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. They build their multiplication tables and practise recalling and reciting number facts, a well as mathematical vocabulary.
Children then have a maths lesson which focuses on new learning in maths. As a school we follow the Kangaroo Maths Scheme:
Every Maths lesson starts with a teach it, do it, solve it and explain it; where appropriate. This enables our pupils to learn and practise a skill, apply it in a different context and solve a related problem which may require an element of reasoning.
Differentiation is through depth of learning and is based on assessment for learning within the current learning objective, not a prior attainment grade based on a broad range of mathematical skills. For instance a child that may be efficient in number and would progress very quickly to solving & explaining reasoning in a number lesson, may need support and to secure the basic skills in a geometry lesson.
A range of manipulatives are used to develop concepts throughout the school. When introducing an idea for the first time understanding, using concrete materials, is used to allow children to deal with the abstract when ready. Development is based on learning models which promote a process of stages in learning maths i.e. Practical, pictorial and finally symbolic (abstract). It is understood that any ability child in any age group may need concrete materials to bridge any gaps in understanding.
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