At Old Fletton Primary School we recognise the importance of mathematics in daily life and we ensure our children develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. Examining data over the last few years we have noticed that independent accuracy, under timed pressure is where we need to improve, and thus developing the phrase “do less wrong”. Arithmetic and basic mathematical skills are practised daily (informed by research on ‘forgetting curve’ and effective recall practice to secure learning in the long term memory. Mathematics lessons follow Rosenshine’s Principles of Direct Instruction, as research has shown that this approach is effective when delivering content rich subjects. Concepts are introduced using the concrete, pictorial, abstract approach ensuring content is taught in a tangible and more effective way enabling greater understanding.
Mathematical learning areas are established for each year group and the curriculum coverage is mapped to allow time for the areas to have sufficient time to be covered to the appropriate depth.
Each year group’s curriculum sequence is interleaved, allowing for learning to be consistently revisited and built upon using small incremental steps, maximising children’s ability to retain knowledge and develop skills over time.
Learning is regularly assessed using monthly or summative quizzes, so that children have to recall previously taught content and apply it in a range of contexts. This method of assessment is based on Bjork’s New Theory of Disuse, in particular ‘Spacing Effect’ and ensures children improve their retrieval strength, enabling greater recall from their long-term memory.
- We will close the gap in the attainment of more able students securing the greater depth standard.
- We will increase the number of pupils who achieve the National Standard of Age related expectations.
- We will at least meet the average national standardised score.
- All children who do not meet the standard will have an identified need that prohibits this expectation at this time.