Mathematics at Racemeadow Primary Academy
The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
• Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
• Are able to reason mathematically
• Solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Racemeadow Primary Academy, these skills are embedded within progressive, structured Maths lessons and are developed consistently over time. Our ultimate goal is to enable our children to solve unfamiliar problems in a wide variety of contexts and develop skills that are required for them to succeed at the next stage of their education.
Please find below Racemeadow’s Curriculum Intent, Implementation and Impact Document for further details on this.
White Rose Maths
To ensure whole school consistency, we follow the White Rose Scheme of learning and carefully constructed long-term overviews, which ensures learning is sequenced effectively, builds on previous learning, and provides opportunities for consolidation and revisiting of previously taught concepts.
Below are the MTPs for each of the year groups:
These lessons embed mathematical language and communication and provide opportunities for children to use subject specific vocabulary in an accurate and articulate way to explain and reason effectively. The document below has been designed to assist with the teaching of vocabulary across EYFS, KS1 and KS2 and is aligned with the White Rose schemes of learning, long-term overviews and knowledge organisers. This document identifies in which year group vocabulary should be explicitly taught and introduced.
This mathematics policy is a guide for all staff at Racemeadow Primary Academy based on the guidance from White Rose. It is expected that teachers will use their professional judgement as to when consolidation of existing skills is required or if to move onto the next concept. However, the focus must always remain on breadth and depth rather than accelerating through concepts.
We recognise that our children need to acquire fluency in procedures to become confident mathematicians and to be able to apply these skills to more complex, varied problems. To secure fluency of number, our children have Maths Passports that enable them to regularly practise and consolidate number facts that develops a knowledge of underlying mathematical concepts to support procedural knowledge.
Multiplication tables are one of the key foundations of operational fluency that our children need to be able to be confident mathematicians.
At Racemeadow, children’s progress is tracked through Times Table Olympics where they can earn certificates by achieving the expectations below:
Times table Rockstars and Sumdog are also available for all children to use at home or at school. These apps help to track the progress children are making in their times tables.
Year 4 MTC
The multiplication tables check (MTC) is statutory for all year 4 pupils registered at state-funded maintained schools, special schools or academies (including free schools) in England. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. It will help schools to identify pupils who have not yet mastered their times tables, so that additional support can be provided.
The MTC It is an on-screen check consisting of 25 times table questions. Your child will be able to answer 3 practice questions before taking the actual check. They will then have 6 seconds to answer each question. On average, the check should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.
Using the following website, children across KS2 practice this style of rapid recall of multiplication tables: