At Monkton we teach Maths following the principles of a mastery curriculum, aiming to provide children with the tools of visualisation, fluency and using manipulatives. Our planning is based on resources from White Rose and Power Maths interactive resources. Children’s learning begins in EYFS, working on a strong number foundation and exploring maths in real life contexts alongside more formal teaching. In Key Stage One and Two pupils have a daily Maths lesson of 1 hour where concepts are explored and where pupils record their learning through informal and formal written methods, pictures and diagrams. We aim for our Maths lessons to be fun and engaging, where the learning in presented in real-life contexts as much as possible.
Throughout the school, pupils also enjoy a daily Maths Mash-up of 10-15 minutes. This is a short, fun and pacey session, in which the children sing and answer questions to develop their fluency. This cover a wide range of objectives including the calendar, time, weather, data handling, money, pattern and number. The predictable nature of Maths Meetings and the regular repetition of songs and rhymes are an effective way to develop the children’s recall of facts.
Children learn best in Maths when they use concrete objects and pictures to support their understanding of abstract ideas, so we encourage the use of a wide range of resources in Maths lessons, including Numicon, base ten, number beads and counters. Pupils frequently work in pairs and groups to solve problems as we also know that talking about Maths helps children to develop their understanding.
In addition to their regular Maths lessons, we also seek to promote cross-curricular opportunities for Maths learning wherever possible, for example in Science and D.T. Pupils also frequently learn Maths outdoors, enabling them to apply their mathematical skills to the real world.
Mathematics National Curriculum
For further information about the Mathematics Programme of Study followed as detailed in the National Curriculum please follow this link:
White Rose Maths
The White Rose Curriculum is the approach we use for Mathematics at Monkton CEP School. The pdf’s demonstrate how White Rose works in blocks to cover all areas of the Mathematics Curriculum.
White Rose Maths
At Monkton CEP School we also have an open door policy, so that any more specific questions can be directed towards your child's class teacher or the Maths Coordinator Mrs J Guilder.