At Kingston we ensure that all of our mathematic lessons are lively, engaging and challenging. We believe in having high expectations of our pupils to ensure that all our pupils achieve success in mathematics.
We teach maths through the Singapore Maths method. This method incorporates established international research into a highly effective teaching approach. With its emphasis on teaching pupils to solve problems, Singapore Maths teaching is the envy of the world. We use the Maths No Problem Scheme of work with an emphasis on learning maths through using concrete materials, then progressing to pictorial representations of problems and finally moving onto abstract representations. By spending time with concrete materials, pupils develop a more solid understanding of key concepts.
In years five and six we move away from the Maths No Problem workbooks and have devised our own scheme of work. We do however still use the important concepts of Singapore Maths which are the Concrete to Pictorial to Abstract idea together with using the Bar Modelling technique to solve worded problems. Please press on the following link for a good description of how to use the Bar method:
The National Curriculum is used to guide our teaching in all year groups - please see the document at the end of this stage.
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.