At Kingston we ensure that all of our mathematic lessons are lively, engaging and challenging. We believe in having high expectations of our pupils and ensuring that all our pupils aim as high as they possibly can to achieve success in mathematics. The 2014 National Curriculum is used to guide our teaching in years 1, 3, 4 and 5. These documents provide us with the framework to ensure breadth and balance in our curriculum. Our Foundation Stage follows their own curriculum and for this academic year pupils in years 2 and 6 will follow the old curriculum as this is what they will be tested on in 2015.
Within our lessons we aim to provide practical resources as much as possible so that our pupils have a concrete understanding of all mathematical concepts. We are currently researching the Singapore method of teaching mathematics and will be incorporating this method of teaching into our lessons this academic year.
Lessons are planned with clear learning objectives, based upon the teacher’s detailed knowledge of each child. Teachers use focused marking to assess children’s progress in relation to the planned learning objectives and set next steps. Teachers use this information when planning for subsequent lessons.
Assessment in Maths
At Kingston, we believe that assessment gives you a picture of what children can do and what their next steps are. Therefore we use ongoing assessment in maths, to build up a profile for every child showing what they have learned and are able to do. After every new concept or skill has been taught, teachers assess whether children showed understanding of it in the lesson. Children will also complete a test, when the teacher feels it is appropriate, in order to show that they can apply what they have learned. This way both the teachers and the children know their strengths and their areas for improvement in the subject.