Mathematics at Orchard Meadow

Our Intent

The belief at Orchard Meadow Primary School is that all children can achieve competence in mathematics by building fluency, a deep conceptual understanding as well as a varied procedural understanding so as to equip them with the skills and knowledge to achieve their aspirations.  

All knowledge is underpinned by the daily recall of number and timetable facts to allow for children to access the learning being taught easily without confusion, to demonstrate understanding of variation of situations and articulate fully in discussions about how calculations have been solved.  

Implementing our vision

We follow the Power Maths Framework supported by the White Rose Maths hub to ensure that the progression of lessons are built upon the prior knowledge of the children. This is done by using well considered small steps of learning supported by concrete and pictorial representations as well a carefully thought out variations between different representations. This will build the confidence and the independence of all children in school and give them the power to take control over their learning. Furthermore, all staff explicitly embed a growth mindset approach in all children so that they learn to persevere and complete problems as well as building a shared learning approach.    

All children sit in mixed ability groups as this allows for vital discussion of questions, sharing of ideas and develops the accurate use of maths vocabulary. This is supported by the teacher as vocabulary is taught explicitly and it is demanded that every child answer question in full sentences. Maths talk is an essential part of every lesson as it allows for misconceptions to be raised, but also to grow children’s confidence and reduce anxiety when faced with an unfamiliar question. 

Misconceptions are also corrected though daily scoop and boost time after maths lessons to ensure that all learners are ‘keeping up’ with the learning. This time also allows for learners who have understood a topic to go deeper with their understanding.   

During these times, we understand that children have missed crucial parts of their learning and we understand how critical it is for all children to achieve in maths. Therefore, we have chosen to support the progression of lessons following the DfE mathematics catchup guidance document in tandem with our own developed resources below.

Our curriculum is also shaped by our particpation in the BBO Maths Hub to share best practice as a teacher research group.

For further information please feel free to contact Mr Rory Gratwohl (Assistant Head Teacher and Maths Leader). 

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