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Mathematics

At TLA, we believe Maths provides a foundation for the understanding of the world around us.  To be successful mathematicians at TLA, children must be able to recall key facts quickly, use flexible strategies to be able to work efficiently and be able to reason mathematically and solve problems. These skills are developed in a variety of ways including through frequent opportunities to identify patterns and relationships. 

 

The aims of mathematics for all pupils are to:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so pupils develop an understanding of different concepts, the ability to recall these and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of inquiry, developing an argument with justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • 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 steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

What does Maths provision look like at TLA?

At TLA, we use the NCETM Curriculum Prioritisation materials to sequence the small steps in learning and an 'I do, we do, you do' structure to our Maths lessons, removing support gradually so that all children are able to work independently. We believe that this enables all children to successfully achieve the lesson's learning outcome.

The majority of our pupils receive whole class Maths teaching on the same objective and are supported with their work or challenged to develop an even deeper understanding of the concept as appropriate. For some children with an identified SEND, they are taught in smaller groups and work on different objectives to their peers in order to support them to make progress towards their own targets. 

Practise and consolidation play a key role in mathematics learning. Teachers plan sequences of small steps which pupils master before moving on. The children then consolidate this learning through their Morning Maths work, recap built in to the Maths lessons and Sumdog activities.  

 

What do maths lessons look like at Truro Learning Academy?

To promote enjoyment, enthusiasm and confidence, we ensure pupils have opportunities to learn in an engaging, interactive manner and use lots of discussion to develop their reasoning skills. Children are encouraged to share their ideas and understanding through discussion in class or with a partner. 

Each classroom has a selection of carefully chosen resources which are accessible to all children to support their work. Class working-wall include modelled examples of methods and key information to both support the children's current work and remind them of previous learning, as appropriate. 

 

Maths in EYFS

Mathematics within the EYFS is developed through purposeful, play-based experiences and will be represented throughout the indoor and outdoor provision. The learning will be based on pupils’ interests and current Cornerstones themes and will focus on the expectations from Development Matters / Early Years Outcomes. As the pupils progress through, more focus is placed on representing their mathematical knowledge through more formal experiences. Pupils will be encouraged to record their mathematical thinking when ready and will increase throughout the year.

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