Maths at The Gattons
At the Gattons Infant School we want all children to have a love and enjoyment of maths, allowing them to be resilient mathematicians who confidently approach problem solving, making links with abstract concepts and real life. We aim to do this by ensuring children have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable We use a mastery approach to the teaching of maths to ensure fluency, problem solving and reasoning take place in every lesson. The Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract Approach (CPA) allows children to use physical and visual resources to build their understanding of abstract topics. We allow opportunities to revisit and deepen pupils understanding around concepts and aspects of mathematics allowing them to know more and remember more. We employ a variety of mastery strategies to ensure fluency and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. Staff use high quality questioning and we will see high quality reasoning from children.
We follow a mastery approach to our maths curriculum. The children are taught the skills, knowledge and vocabulary progressively from Reception through to Year 2. The National Curriculum objectives in each block of learning are broken down into a series of carefully planned small steps. Teachers teach the content in the suggested order as the step sequence is designed to gradually develop children’s understanding. At the beginning of lessons children will complete a 'Flashback' – this is a revisit of previous learning to ensure it transfers into their long-term memory. The revisit elements of lessons will gradually progress with the level of challenge and give the children opportunities to apply their skills in a different context. Children undertake ‘Fluency Bee’ in Key Stage 1 to enhance their fluency of arithmetic.