At Painters Ash Primary School, we aim to equip all our children with the necessary skills required to progress to the next stage of their learning and so they can build their understanding of Maths. We aim to ensure that all pupils achieve well in the three strands of Maths: fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
We teach a Maths curriculum using the White Rose scheme and adapt where necessary to match our children’s needs.
The ethos of Painter’s Ash Primary School is centred around 5 core values. These values help drive our Maths education.
Excellence – The spiral curriculum helps build each year on what they have done before, helping them to achieve their excellence.
Determination – The children are encouraged to learn through their mistakes, not to give up and to be determined to master the different skills.
Community – The children work together; they listen to the feedback from the teachers and TAs to help them develop their understanding in school and have support from home.
Self-confidence – Children develop their confidence through guided practice in lessons, using whiteboards and discussions to rehearse their answers and through looking at Tiny the tortoise and explaining what he has done wrong and what he should have done.
Success – The children can see their success in their understanding, their ability to correct their mistakes and how they can apply their learning to answer reasoning and problem-solving questions.
Our overarching aim for Maths is to promote high standards in numeracy, to develop a deeper understanding and for all children to learn that everyone can do Maths!
At Painters Ash, we use the White Rose scheme because it has the balance of fluency, problem solving and reasoning that our children need. The White Rose White Rose Maths scheme has been carefully planned and designed to ensure it addresses the three key aims of fluency, reasoning and problem-solving, and follows the principles of teaching for mastery.
There is a clear progression of skills from year groups to the next and across the school. The White Rose Maths curriculum links to the Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 National Curriculum, and how it progresses through the topics. The schemes of learning cover at least the expected content for each year group in the National Curriculum. They support the development of reasoning and problem solving as well as fluency (with example questions again provided for each small step) so that all the aims of the National Curriculum are met. The plans also highlight where the White Rose schemes link to the DFE’s ‘Ready to progress’ criteria.
We are proud of how hard our pupils and teachers work on our effective Maths curriculum ensuring that our results are consistently high and above National and local averages.
Last year, again our KS2 Maths results built upon the previous year and were higher than both local and National averages. 91.7% of Year 6 achieved Expected compared to 71% National and 69.5% LA and at GDS, we achieved 48.3% - the LA High was 21.4%.
At KS1, we also achieved above National, with 75% achieving Expected compared to 70% National and 17% who achieved GDS.
For the Year 4’s MTC, 55% of the year group got full marks and 62% got 24 or 25/25. Overall, there were 87% who got 20+ marks.
Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 achieved an average of 74% for attainment of ARE at the end of the summer term 2022 with an average 77% making expected progress.
MULTIPLICATION TIMES TABLES CHECK INFORMATION
In Year 4, pupils take the MTC, which is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times tables questions. The purpose of the check is to determine whether Year 4 children can recall their multiplication tables up to 12 x 12 fluently.
On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete with 6 seconds for each question. There is no pass or fail mark.
We use Sumdog and TTRS to support our learning in school, they allow children to develop their learning on different topics in fun ways through different games. Both programmes adjust to the areas it recognises that your child needs to work further on and will add in questions on those areas.
TTRS helps practise both multiplication tables and the corresponding division facts, which are key in supporting other Maths topics, like fractions and ratio for example.