At Looe Primary Academy we believe mathematics equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to understand the world including logical reasoning and problem solving skills. Mathematics is important in everyday life and we endeavour to ensure that children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them for life.
Our aim is that every child leaves Looe Primary with a secure understanding of maths. We are currently embedding a ‘Mastery Maths’ approach where pupils work on fluency in maths (such as number bonds and times tables) alongside reasoning and problem solving skills.
As a school, we look to keep up-to-date with the latest research and pedagogy in the teaching of maths. In the academic year 2018-19, as a school, we were successful in our application to participate in a ‘Mastery Workgroup’ in collaboration with the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub. Along with the regular Bridge Schools’ maths meetings and professional development, this has very much informed our approach to the teaching of maths.
From November 2020, we will be part of a ‘Sustaining Mastery’ workgroup, again linked to the Cornwall and Devon Maths Hub. This will help us reflect on our current approach and move this forward. For example, we are currently considering how our Early Years pupils can develop their maths skills in the very best way possible to give them the strong mathematical foundations they need to become successful mathematicians as they move through our school.
Our pupils work extremely hard alongside their teachers to become competent mathematicians. They use lots of concrete resources (such as number squares, number beads and base 10 equipment) and visual models until they are ready to move onto more abstract maths. We aspire to ensure our pupils develop fluency in basic maths skills to enable them to work efficiently on reasoning and problem solving work. Our pupils work on daily early morning fluency work (including family games in Foundation) and practise their maths in a cross-curricular way during topic work to use and apply their maths skills.
Our approach at Looe Primary ensures pupils leave us with a love of maths and with the key building blocks to use their maths successfully in life.
Take a look at the ‘Mathematics in Bridge Schools’ document for more information on our approach to the teaching and learning of maths.
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