Maths at Tylers Green First School
At TGFS we use the White Rose Scheme of work as a basis and follow the Mastery approach to Maths. This means the bigger mathematical concepts such as Place Value, or Addition and Subtractions are taught through a series of carefully planned “small steps” which build up over the unit and ensure the children really “master” the key concepts and ideas. Blocks are taught over a number of weeks in order to develop depth and reasoning about theconcepts and can take between 2 and 4 weeks.
Children are taught as a whole class and tasks are done in mixed ability groups in order to promote problem solving skills and the development of mathematical language. Lessons will include fluency questions in order for the children to practice new concepts and methods and will also include problem solving questions to check the children’s understanding. Children are encouraged to use stem sentences both orally and in their written work to prove their answers. They are also taught to find more than one solution or answer to a problem and show evidence towards this.
Examples of Stem sentences include-
I know this is true because……
If …….is true then that means………
……. Is ……..tens and ……..ones.
This is always true/sometimes true/never true because…….
Concepts are taught through a CPA approach (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) Children are shown how to use a wide range of resources in order to work out solutions and are also encouraged to use more than one resource to show deeper understanding. Resources frequently used include bead strings, Tens frames, Part whole models, Numicon, Base 10 and bar models.
Once the children are confident using concrete resources they are then encouraged to use pictorial representations. This will then lead on to the “abstract” ie number sentences.