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The Teaching of Mathematics at Kings Hill
We follow a Mastery approach to our Mathematics curriculum based on the Singapore teaching and learning models.
Pupils are all challenged to learn together in groups, with the necessary challenge and support in a lesson, to allow all abilities to flourish.
All Mathematics lessons are based on a 3 part model.
This ‘hook’ includes consolidation of a previous task or may allow students time to practise a skill which enables them to work efficiently within the rest of the lesson. It is fluency based and allows pupils to share their vast knowledge of mental and written methods.
This area of the lesson is most important and gives all pupils a well-structured teaching element using a ‘my turn, your turn’ approach. Pupils are eased through a skill or task being challenged every step of the way with key questions and reasoning tasks. Pupils are encouraged to show their mathematical understanding visually first using manipulatives and will then progress to a pictorial and then abstract approach. All of these approaches are encouraged in every year group to deepen knowledge and understanding.
No-one is ever too old to use concrete apparatus in our school!
The final area of our mathematics lesson is the independent task, where pupils will ‘master’ and refine skills learnt earlier on in the lesson. They will allow pupils to transfer knowledge to different contexts and address how this particular skill may support them today and in future aspirations.
Our mathematics curriculum is based on a spiral curriculum approach which enables all pupils to revisit and reload knowledge regularly, rather than only once a year at a particular period – this has shown to be every effective for our school community!
In addition to our daily mathematics lessons pupils get separate fluency and times tables sessions, where pupils are taught explicit methods to become fast, fluent and effective mathematicians. For example, the use of rounding, complementing pairs and fact families.
Resources for our lessons are taken from a variety of resources including the White Rose Scheme, NRich, NCETM, PiXL and Maths No Problem. Using a variety of resources ensures pupils are engaged, motivated and challenged at all time.
PiXL Times Tables
As a school we promote the use of PiXL Times Tables, as the App allows students to recognise and recall times tables quickly and efficiently from a very young age, setting high expectations straight away – by the end of Year 4 all pupils should know their times tables up 12x12 with instant recall. PiXL Times Tables App also follows a similar format as the Multiplication Check which all Year 4 pupils will complete annually, beginning June 2020.
Resources for Times Tables:
Maths Workshop October 2019:
Other Useful Documents: