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Higher Lane Primary School

Happy, Challenged, Successful and Proud

Contact

Email: office.higherlane@visionmat.com

Egerton Road, Whitefield, Manchester M45 7EX

Tel: 0161 766 2005

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Mathematics

Please click here to access the White Rose long-term overview for Years 1-6. 

Intent

At Higher Lane we aim to develop an enthusiasm and fascination for all pupils in Mathematics.  Mathematics, in the first instance, is a practical subject, which develops the concepts of geometry, number, patterns and problem solving with resilience so that they are fully prepared for the future. It is essential that these keystones of Mathematics are embedded throughout all strands of the National Curriculum.  It is taught as a discrete subject but is also integrated into other subject areas.  Pupils develop mathematical knowledge and skills using a variety of methods: mental strategies, practical activity, fluency, written calculations; problem solving, reasoning and application of basic skills.  Pupils work within age related expectations and are striving to master the curriculum. 

Implementation

Children are taught mathematics in a daily. Lessons are planned from a wide range of high-quality resources including Abacus, White Rose Maths, Third Space Learning, Maths No Problem, LbQ and Power Maths. We follow the CPA (concrete-pictorial-abstract) approach where children are shown a variety of methods to ensure mastery of any concept. Mathematical toolkits and resources are readily available in the classrooms and teachers model how to use them. Lessons are differentiated to suit the learning styles of our pupils and CHALLENGE is at the heart of our curriculum. ‘Fix-it groups’ are planned, day-by-day, ensuring pupils are ready for their new learning.  Fluency, Reasoning and Problem-solving tasks are incorporated into daily lessons. Each lesson starts with a recap starter and ends with a review. This ensures that key areas of learning are regularly revisited and ‘kept on the boil’ to ensure solidification of sticky knowledge.  Within daily lessons, the children are encouraged to practise independent tasks where they have the ability to refine, reason or expand the skills and concepts they have been taught.  Weekly arithmetic lessons are taught in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6. The children are given opportunity to reason with answers and prove how they know their answers are correct through the use of jottings and/or formal methods.  Multiplication is taught in a variety of interactive ways from use of apps such as Pixl and TTRockstars to singing songs in assembly. Teachers support all pupils towards The Multiplication Check in Year 4, ensuring that knowledge of the multiplication tables is a high priority.  Class LbQ tablets and iPads are used to enhance learning and challenge in mathematics and the use of technology is encouraged at home.

Impact

As a result of our Maths teaching at Higher Lane, you will see:

  • Engaged children who are all challenged.
  • Confident children who can all talk about Maths and their learning and the links between Mathematical topics.
  • Lessons that use a variety of approaches and resources to support learning.
  • Different representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Learning that is tracked and monitored to ensure all children make good progress from their individual starting points.