At Windmill we use the mastery approach to maths teaching. This approach recognises
- The value of developing the power to think rather than just do!
- The value of making a coherent journey where the whole class tackles concepts in very small steps, one by one.
By creating a solid foundation of deep understanding our children’s skills and confidence will be strong and secure. The mind-set of the learner and teacher is key:
Everyone can do maths.
By giving children the resources they need we ensure that everyone can access the work.
We use the Power Maths scheme to support our teaching and our daily lessons follow this set pattern
Each lesson begins with a Power Up activity which supports fluency in key number facts. They reinforce key skills such as times-tables, number bonds and working with place value.
Next the children are encouraged to Discover maths through exploring a practical, real-life problem which arouses their curiosity where the children find the maths through story-telling. The children then Share the different ways that they have solved the problems which highlights the various methods that can be used to solve a single problem,
The Think together section enables children and adults to share ideas for solving the problems moving towards more independent thinking through the challenges that are set.
The children then move on to Practise their new skills or understanding though independent work in their Practice Books.
Finally, the children have a chance to Reflect on their learning for the day.
Throughout the lessons children are encouraged to use concrete resources, pictorial representations and the abstract to explore different concepts and to challenge their thinking and understanding in a variety of ways.
We encourage the use of precise and consistent mathematical language and both teachers and children use full sentences to explain ideas or respond to questions. The use of stem sentences throughout the learning journey, help children express mathematical concepts accurately.
Number bonds play a key part to the understanding of number. They help children to see that numbers can be "broken" into pieces to make computation easier. There are many songs and games available https://www.teachwire.net/news/8-of-the-best-number-bonds-to-10-games-to-play-online to help support this learning and we encourage you to support the development of this.
Times table Rock stars
Learning times tables is really important. After all, they’re the building blocks of maths, and with your multiplications mastered, you can do anything! That’s why we subscribe to this excellent website. https://ttrockstars.com/ All the children from year 2 – 6 have their own logins and can take part in the weekly Battle of the Bands between their year group classes. A fabulous and fun way to become Times Table Rock stars!