Maths is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. Here at Easterside Academy, we strive to provide high-quality mathematics education which provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Maths lessons at Easterside Academy follow the National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including 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.
• Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• Can 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.

Below are the mathematical objectives your child will be covering in school this year:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

Maths knowledge and understanding is centred on nine key concepts:

 Know and use numbers This concept involves understanding the number system and how they are used un a variety of mathematical ways. Add and subtract This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of addition and subjection. Multiply and divide This concept involves understanding both the concepts and processes of multiplication and division. Use fractions This concept involves understanding the concept of part and whole and ways of calculating using it. Understand the properties of shapes This concept involves recognising the names and properties of geometric shapes and angles. Describe position, direction and movement This concept involves recognising various types of mathematical movements. Use measures This concept involves becoming familiar with a range of measures, devices used for measuring and calculations. Use statistics This concept involves interpreting, manipulating and presenting data in various ways. Use algebra This concept involves recognising mathematical properties and relationships using symbolic representations.

As a school we use White Rose Maths progression and schemes of work, supported by Power Maths resources. Power Maths, a whole-class mastery programme that fits alongside our Schemes. Power Maths is designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help you nurture confidence in maths.

Maths is taught daily through daily Maths lessons as well as through other subjects within the curriculum, in a ‘cross-curricular’ approach. This allows children to make connections and links, whilst applying their mathematical skills and knowledge to a wide range of contexts, problems and real life situations.

At Easterside Academy we aim to develop ’problem solving mathematicians’.  We employ a mastery approach towards the teaching of maths which keeps classes together on the same content at the same time. This ensures that all of our pupils have the opportunity to master the curriculum and for some to gain a greater depth of understanding. During lessons, we challenge our children by digging deeper into mathematical concepts and ideas rather than moving children onto new content.

Within maths, we use concrete apparatus (things pupils can touch, hold and manipulate) and visual representations, including ‘Bar Modelling’ to help children to picture and internalise mathematical ideas. We hope that the consistent use of these apparatus and representations will help our pupils gain the confidence needed to become independent learners and problem solvers.

 Five A day Our pupils regularly have the opportunity to practise their written calculations.  During Five-a-Day, children practise solving calculations involving the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Children in our school begin by using number lines, before progressing to the formal written methods, once they have a secure understanding of the calculations. Times Table Rock Stars We recognise how fundamental times table recall speed is to later success in maths lessons. In order to engage children in daily practice, we use a programme called Times Table Rockstars. Each week, children concentrate on a different times table whilst consolidating tables they have already learned.  Children use a combination of online and paper practice to improve their recall speed whilst battling fellow rockstars in the school!

Our aim is for all pupils to see themselves as mathematicians and have a real passion for the subject, and an enthusiastic engagement in its teaching and learning.

We do this through an active curriculum that incorporates the outdoors where possible; providing our pupils with ‘memorable’ experiences and visits; as well as regular opportunities to work together collaboratively.