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Maths

Our Vision

At Forest Fields we have high expectations for all of our pupils and believe that all pupils can achieve highly and become confident and skilled mathematicians.  We strive for all pupils to be curious about mathematics and understand the importance of mathematics in their everyday lives. 

The National Curriculum is based on the mastery approach. Maths mastery at Forest Fields is an approach to teaching which supports all learners to access age related curriculum requirements. Staff teach children to explore concepts deeply to develop a secure understanding before progressing on to new concepts. 

Our mastery approach is an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching. This is inspired by the educational approach from Singapore and Shanghai, which is underpinned in White Rose Maths and Maths No Problem. We use both White Rose Maths and Maths No Problem to extend fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our approach is designed to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every pupil. 

When pupils can make connections in their learning, sustain their understanding and build on prior learning, they are building a rich canvas of learnt experiences that makes them not only better Mathematicians but better learners altogether. 

 

Intent 
At Forest Fields we want all our children to:

•    Succeed and make progress from their starting points, with a majority of children meeting age related expectations, year on year.
To make good progress and meet age related expectations, children at Forest Fields need:

•    To have a positive attitude to Mathematics. Rejecting the notion that some pupils ‘just can’t do mathematics’ and encouraging pupils with the belief that through hard work, they can succeed. We instil and nurture character curriculum traits of self-confidence, independence, initiative, resilience and cooperation when working on and solving mathematical problems.  

•    To learn key facts. Key facts such as times tables and number bonds are learned to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory, enabling pupils to focus on new concepts. This supports our aim to ensure our children are fluent with number.

•    To have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and proceedures. All pupils are given time to fully understand, explore and apply their ideas. Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations of concepts are used to help pupils to explore and develop their understanding.

•    To have the ability to apply knowledge flexibly, efficiently and accurately to solve problems. Pupils should build the skills needed to tackle new problems in different contexts and to be able to reason effectively. Where possible, pupils are exposed to solving problems in a real-world context and across the curriculum.

•    To have a sound understanding of mathematical vocabulary. Developing the way pupils speak and write about mathematics  is key to developing strong understanding and reasoning skills. We expect pupils to explain their thinking and to explain why or how they know something to be true or false. 

•    To encourage creativity. We teach mathematics in a fun and engaging way, to demonstrate the rich and fascinating subject it is. We encourage pupils to find their own methods and solutions to problems and we celebrate and examine such methods and ideas. 
 

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