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Whytemead Primary School

Maths at Whytemead

 I think Inspire Maths is really helpful because it has diagrams and stages of working things out.   

Luna, Year 6.

At Whytemead, we aim to create a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about mathematics and use a structural approach to ensure that knowledge becomes deeply embedded.  We follow the INSPIRE curriculum, which supports a mastery approach to teaching and learning mathematics, and meets the higher expectations of the National Curriculum. This text book based approach follows a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach, resulting in a more in-depth understanding of each area taught.

When we launched Inspire Maths we ran a parents' workshop.  To see the presentation that was shared click here.

We expect pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and be able to solve problems and reason by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts. Through mathematical talk, children will develop the ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking.

We split all our maths lessons into two parts which enables the teachers to identify any children not fully understanding the concept being taught.  In the second half of the lesson, the teachers then work with a focus group to iron out these misconceptions.  It is known as Same Day Intervention and has ensured a higher level of understanding amongst all children.

Our INSPIRE Mastery Maths curriculum has three core aims:

  • o to enable pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • o to develop reasoning mathematically, by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and making generalisations [developing an argument, justification or proof and using mathematical language]
  • o to be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions

These aims are delivered through a coherent journey of small steps, leading to a deep understanding and mastery of the subject.

In Early Years we believe that developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically.

We support children to be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding – such as using manipulatives, including tens frames for organising counting – our children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. Towards the end of the Early Years the children begin to work on the Inspire programme to ensure they are ready for their Year One maths curriculum.

We teach children to be confident when they have made mistakes with their maths and always look to use these for learning opportunities.  It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, so that they are happy to spot patterns and ‘have a go’.  Our Inspire Curriculum enables us to do this.

If you would like to access more resources to help your child with maths at home please click here.