At Tidemill, we strive to cultivate a love of mathematics in all of our children, ensuring an excitement and enthusiasm for the subject. Maths equips children with a powerful set of tools, through developing an ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. At Tidemill, we teach our children how they can use and apply their mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding across a range of contexts. This, we believe, will equip our children with tools for life as well as for later study and work.
Daily maths lessons ensure that children are taught with a strong emphasis on developing fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills. We develop children’s learning across all strands of maths through a variety of approaches. Initially, we provide children with concrete manipulatives to secure their understanding of place value. As they move through the school, they are expected to use both pictorial and written methods as outlined in our whole school calculation policy. To help children succeed in maths, there is a strong focus on developing knowledge and understanding of times tables and arithmetic skills.
In addition, children at Tidemill are encouraged to have a growth mindset in mathematics. Across the school, an atmosphere is created where children are confident in taking risks and recognise that making mistakes is something that everyone does, which helps them to develop as reflective learners.
All lessons in Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum objectives for mathematics. Teachers use this as the basis for their lessons aiming to build confidence and mastery in order to provide and broad and balanced curriculum. The starting point for all topics is a pre-assessment, which enables teachers to plan and pitch the learning to the needs of all children. Through daily maths lessons and fortnightly maths conferencing, where misconceptions are addressed and additional challenges are provided, children are given the opportunity to deepen their understanding of a variety of concepts. Regular formative and summative assessment takes place to ensure all children make strong progress. Through careful curriculum planning, children revisit concepts regularly to ensure they develop a deep and meaningful understanding of mathematics.