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Maths Policy

Date by which the school adopted the policy: February 2013

Anticipated review date: January 2016

Signed by Chair of Governors:

Signed by Staff:



Maths Policy

Introduction


This policy document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for the learning and teaching of mathematics at Burlington CE Primary School.

This policy will be reviewed annually by the mathematics team in relation to existing policies, national and LA guidelines.

We want children to see how mathematics can help them become better equipped for future life.


Rationale

Mathematics starts from a desire to explain the real world. It is a creative subject in which ideas can be generated, tested and refined.

It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.

Mathematics also provides the means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore, and it is through this exploration that new mathematics is created and current ideas are modified and extended.


Through mathematics in our school we aim to develop:


 a fascination and enjoyment of mathematics as a subject in which all children can achieve and be successful;

 the children’s abilities to use and apply mathematics effectively in every day situations, using specific mathematical vocabulary;

 an ability for children to communicate their ideas both orally and in written form;

 independent, as well as co-operative, ways of working, encouraging children to explore ideas and activities in a variety of group settings;

 the children’s ability to recall number facts quickly and accurately and use appropriate mental and/or written calculation strategies;

 the confidence of our pupils and their ability to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in a variety of challenging real life situations;

 children’s logical thinking, reasoning and ability to problem solve as transferable life skills;

 the children’s awareness of mathematics as a powerful tool that has applications both inside and outside of the classroom;

 the children’s awareness of the broad cultural background of mathematics.


Learning and teaching of mathematics


During the children’s time in our school, we aim to develop the content of The Primary National Strategy and renewed Framework for Mathematics to ensure that all parts of the National Curriculum Programme of Study are taught, enabling all children to achieve the highest standards possible in mathematics and benefit from a broad, rich and personalised curriculum.

The acquisition of basic mathematical skills is vital to the life opportunities and achievement of our children.

We adopt a positive approach to mathematics and recognise the importance of motivating the children through the teacher’s attitudes, the challenges the children are given and recognitions of their efforts and achievements. Mathematical displays are also used to support this.


Through careful planning and preparation we aim to ensure that throughout the school children are given opportunities for:


 practical activities and mathematical games;

 problem solving;

 individual, group and whole class discussions and activities;

 open and closed investigations;

 a range of methods of calculating eg. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator;

 using ICT as a mathematical tool;

 using and manipulating a wide range of practical resources and materials.


Each class teacher is responsible for the mathematics in their class in consultation with and with guidance from the mathematics coordinator.


The approach to the teaching of mathematics within the school is based on four key principles:


 a mathematics lesson every day;

 a clear focus on encouraging children to explain their thinking and develop justifications for answers and decisions;

 an emphasis on mental calculation, particularly knowledge of multiplication tables;

 regular opportunities to use and apply the mathematics which they have learned, both within maths lessons and across the curriculum.


Mathematics lessons for each child take place daily and last approximately 60 minutes.  Children are encouraged to take part in all the activities and use the variety of resources safely.


Lessons are planned using a common planning format, stored centrally on the server, and are collected and monitored by the mathematics coordinator on a regular basis - see Monitoring Policy.


Teachers of the Reception class base their teaching on objectives in the Framework for Reception; this ensures that they are working towards the ‘Early Learning Goals For Mathematical Development’.  Emphasis is placed on practical and oral experiences.  Towards the end of Reception teachers aim to draw the elements of a daily mathematics lesson together so that by the time children move into Year 1 they are familiar with a 45-minute lesson – although this is phased in throughout the autumn term of Year 1.


Pupils’ records of their work


Children are taught a variety of methods for recording their work and they are encouraged and helped to use the most appropriate and convenient method of recording.  Children are encouraged to use mental strategies before resorting to a written algorithm - see Calculation Policy (in draft form January 2014).


While it is acceptable on occasion for work to be on sheets, the majority of work in maths should be in the children’s books.  All children are encouraged to work tidily and neatly when recording their work.  When using squares one square should be used for each digit.


Inclusion

Through formal and informal assessments we identify the needs of all children and use appropriate organisational strategies, resources and multi-sensory teaching methods to cater for these needs - see Special Needs and Gifted and Talented policies.  


Where applicable children’s IEPs incorporate suitable objectives from the Framework for Mathematics and teachers keep these objectives in mind when planning work.  Additional support staff are made available where necessary to support groups or individual children, working collaboratively with the class teacher.


Within the daily mathematics lesson teachers also provide activities to support and challenge those children who are high achievers in mathematics.   One way in which this is achieved is by accessing the renewed Framework for the following level.  Teachers are encouraged to provide opportunities for the ‘most able’ children to be challenged in their thinking in a variety of ways.  In addition, more able children are encouraged to become independent learners, often through the use of ICT – see Gifted and Talented Policy.


Equal Opportunities


All children, regardless of their race, sex, religious belief or ability will be given equal opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of mathematics. We recognise the wide cultural origins of our mathematics and illustrate this in our teaching so that children gain affirmation of their very varied cultural backgrounds.  Additionally, mathematics is incorporated into a wide range of cross-curricular subjects and we seek to take advantage of the many multi-cultural aspects of mathematics.


Children with English as an additional language are supported in a variety of ways, including reading of questions, repeating of instructions, opportunities to talk the language of mathematics, mathematical games, etc - see Equal Opportunities Policy and Racial Equality Policy.



Marking


We recognise that the quality of marking in Mathematics is crucial to ensuring all children make good progress.  Maths books should be marked daily, with positive comments related to the Learning Objective.  Children should then be given an opportunity in the next lesson to respond to any target given.


Self and peer assessment of individual pieces of work is encouraged as part of the plenary, encouraging children to become independent learners, identifying for themselves areas to improve/develop.  We encourage dialogue between the teacher and the child and/or between the child and their response partner.  


Self and peer assessment does not, however, replace marking of work by the teacher.


Assessment and record keeping


Teachers are expected to make regular assessment of each child’s progress and to record these systematically.  The following is the school policy for assessment in mathematics – see Assessment Policy:


Assessment for Learning (AfL)

Teachers are expected to use the four foci of the renewed Framework to plan assessment of prior learning lessons at the beginning of each unit of work and review lessons periodically throughout the unit.  This will enable teachers to make diagnostic assessment of gaps in children’s learning and plan accordingly.


Additionally, teachers are encouraged to use plenaries for assessment, making use of the AfL resources available within the renewed Framework. Children should also be given regular opportunity to assess their own work and that of their peers, to encourage independent learning.


Summative Assessment

At the end of each half term the APP assessment material is used and in the summer term the optional SATs paper, are all used to support teachers in determining the level each child is working at, assist teachers in identifying gaps in children’s learning and target specific support.


Children’s progress is recorded on the class tracking sheet in September, February and June, which is then passed to the next class teacher at the end of the school year. All tracking sheets can be found on the server.


See Assessment Policy.


Monitoring and evaluation


The mathematics coordinator is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of standards, teaching, marking, assessment and planning of mathematics throughout the school.  Monitoring of marking and planning takes place on a termly basis, with evaluative written feedback provided, while standards of learning and teacher are monitored and evaluated both through analysis of tracking as well lesson observations (with Phase Leaders).  


Standards are monitored and evaluated through analysis of the school tracking system and of SATs results.  See Monitoring Policy.

Reporting to parents


Reports are completed before the end of the summer term and parents are given opportunity to discuss their child’s progress during the year through Parent/Teacher consultations in Autumn Term and Spring Term.


Parental involvement


We recognise and value the interest, support and involvement of the parents in their children’s mathematical development and keep them up to date with any developments in this area. We actively encourage parents to help their children in learning mathematical facts and skills, through formal and informal meetings as well as leaflets and booklets. Homework is also set to consolidate schoolwork and encourage involvement of parents.


Staffing and resources


Development of mathematical knowledge is encouraged, with external courses being sourced where necessary, or internal Inset being provided by the mathematics coordinator.  


Resources for mathematics are updated annually, according to need.  Those resources used daily are easily accessible in every classroom; those not used regularly are stored centrally in the Year 5/6 classroom.  As new resources become available, staff are made aware of their availability during staff meetings and training is provided by the mathematics coordinator where appropriate.


The Governing Body, in particular the Curriculum Committee, receive regular reports on the progress of English provision.

Any member of the governing body is welcome to attend training sessions and take part in a daily mathematics lessons.  


Roles and Responsibilities

Maths coordinators will be expected to:

 lead by example in the way they plan, teach and assess in their own classroom

 prepare, organise and lead INSET, with support of the head teacher

 support the head teacher in carrying out the audit and setting targets for the future

 work co-operatively with the SENCO in providing advice and support for staff

 monitor and evaluate standards in maths across the school

 analyse results

 support staff in making provision for all pupils, considering use of resources and allocation of time

 monitor and observe colleagues teaching and plans from time to time, with a view to identifying the support they need

 attend INSET provided by LEA Numeracy consultants

 provide information for parents in the form of booklets/leaflets and meetings

 discuss regularly with the head teacher, phase leaders and Numeracy Governor the progress of mathematics

 update the policy and guidelines annually