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Maths at St Rose

 

Here at St Rose, we are a Maths No Problem school! But why? 

It is recommended by the DfE for schools on the Teaching for Mastery Programme and is fully aligned with the 2014 English national curriculum. MNP textbooks and workbooks are designed using decades of research to ensure a deep, secure understanding of maths in learners of every attainment level.

What Is Maths Mastery?

Teaching maths for mastery is a transformational approach to maths teaching which stems from high performing Asian nations such an Singapore. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. 

How does it work?

Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) is  highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils. Often referred to as the concrete, representational, abstract framework, CPA was developed by American psychologist Jerome Bruner. It is an essential technique within the Singapore method of teaching maths for mastery.

Bar Modelling

Bar modelling is an essential maths mastery strategy. A Singapore-style of maths model, bar modelling allows pupils to draw and visualise mathematical concepts to solve problems. 

 

What might this look like?

Let's take a look at an example from Year 2.

The children are asked to find how many crayons they have altogether...

 

 

They might be asked to represent their problem as a bar model or a part-part-whole as a pictorial representation...


 

 

The children would use the concrete resources...

 

 

Which would lead them to understand what happens in the abstract...

 

For information about what your child is currently covering in the main maths lessons where we use Maths No Problem, please see their study plans here.

 

To see how your child's maths teaching will progress over the year, please click here.

 

We use Big Maths to ensure basic skills are covered and repeated in order to consolidate the teaching that has taken place in Maths No Problem. 

 

Three times a week, the children receive Big Maths teaching sessions which last for 20 minutes. This is broken down into 5 minute intervals to cover a range of aspects:

  • Counting
  • Learn Its
  • It's Nothing New
  • Calculation

 

These sessions feed into their weekly tests, of which there are two...

The children are given levelled tests that move up in difficulty and where they explore the Counting, It's Nothing New and the Calculation aspects of their teaching. 

When they score 10/10 three consecutive times, they are moved to the new level. 

 

To see if your child is working at the expected level for their year group, see the table below... 

 

Each week, the teachers review the errors and misconceptions which inform them as to what to plan for the following week's Big Maths teaching. 

 

The children are given levelled tests that move up in difficulty and where they explore the 'Learn Its' part of their taught sessions. These questions cover both addition and multiplication facts that children should know quickly and without having to calculate. This test is timed to encourage speed recall. 

Again, when they score full marks for three consecutive weeks, they are moved to the new level. 

 

To see if your child is working at the expected level for their year group, see the table below... 

 

Each week, the teachers review the errors and misconceptions which inform them as to what to plan for the following week's Big Maths teaching. 

If you would like to support your child in their learn its, you could encourage them to use their TTRS and Numbots accounts where they rehearse the same skills. 

Home Learning in Maths

 

To support the children further, as a school we pay for access for every child to be able to play and practise their recall of addition and multiplication facts because we know how vital they are for their maths progress. 

 

They can use the same log in details to access both the sites below...

   

CLICK ON THE ICON TO ACCESS THE SITE

 

They have been given these log in details by their class teacher, but if you have misplaced them, please contact the school office at enquiry@olstrose.bham.sch.uk and we will do our best to get the information you need as quickly as possible. 

 

The quicker you are at multiplication recall, the better your rock status!

How quick are you..?

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