At All Saints’ standards in Mathematics are consistently high and ensure children leave All Saints’ with the necessary Mathematic skills to tackle Secondary Mathematics as well as real life situations.
At All Saints’ we recognize that Mathematics is important to our everyday lives. Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to calculate and to reason. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in terms of both number and space. It gives children the tools they require to be able to understand and solve problems. As part of their learning journey the children learn to appreciate the contributions made by many cultures to the development of Mathematics.
We ensure mathematics lessons are fun, stimulating and enjoyable. The curriculum the children are taught follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (in Nursery and Reception) and the New National Curriculum (from Year 1 to Year 6). As part of the implementation of the New National Curriculum we ensure concrete materials such as place value counters, unifix and Numicon are used across the school.
The children are taught a variety of calculation methods which are currently outlined in the ‘Wandsworth Calculation Policy 2016’ (link below). The methods taught will vary depending on the child’s age and ability. At All Saints’ we regularly teach arithmetic and mental mathematics skills which underpin the children’s understanding in this subject.
At All Saints’ we are teaching elements of Mastery in whole class teaching. Teachers are using Mastery materials and reasoning routes. The aim is for children in a single cohort to move in terms of their Mathematic understanding at a similar pace. Children are taught to apply their learning in a variety of contexts for example when learning to add children will also learn to add using money and length furthermore they will complete reasoning tasks and solve problems using addition.
More able pupils take part in the Primary Maths Challenge held at Colet Court annually and other events such as the Wandsworth Game 24 Tournament in Key Stage One and also in Key Stage Two. Where opportunities arise for advanced Mathematics Lessons for more able pupils, pupils from the school will participate.
In order for children to reach their potential we currently set children for Mathematics in Year 5 and 6. This provides the children with an additional teacher; this benefits the children as they are taught in smaller groups.