Mathematics teaching at Chesterton aims to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving in order to develop confidence throughout their knowledge. Our curriculum continues to make sure that all children have a secure, solid and passionate foundation of the maths skills and that their understanding is transferable so that they are equipped for secondary school and life. Maths throughout the school follows the spiral curriculum to ensure there is a clear progression of skills within the children’s learning.
How we teach Maths
Maths lessons at Chesterton will always follow the ‘mastery approach’ allowing children an opportunity to investigate concepts through different mediums, concrete (a physical object), pictorial and abstract (using mathematical equations). Every lesson will always include fluency questions to allow children to practise their basic understanding and skills within the learning. Throughout these lessons they will be constantly discussing what they are learning with their partners allowing them to explore and reason the concept, with peers, through their own choice of vocabulary. Lessons will also include reasoning questions to allow children the opportunity to explain their understanding of a maths objective to help deepen their understanding and knowledge. The children will then be given the chance to answer problem solving questions allowing them to explore a variety of different answers whilst being able to relate it back to a real life example. To challenge the children even further, there is also a Greater Depth Challenge available which is used to deepen their learning whilst often linking to other areas of the curriculum.
To enhance maths at Chesterton we organise a range of different activities for the children, including in school competitions, trips, workshops and competitions within the borough. All of these will help to develop their skills and contribute to the student’s personal and social development. The school uses the programme Times Tables Rock Stars in order to encourage times tables at our school and the children have weekly competitions for who is earning the most points. This year we will be taking some of our children on wonderful trip to a problem solving adventure day to promote maths within the school.