We are focused on a whole school mastery approach to our teaching of mathematics. This involves spending longer on key topics by taking smaller steps to ensure that children acquire a deeper understanding. We also ensure that we are addressing the three key aims of the National Curriculum – fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Every child at Summercourt Academy, from Year 1 to Year 6, will have a structured daily maths lesson lasting between 45 and 60 minutes (children in Foundation Stage and children with SEND explore many mathematical skills and concepts through their play, but they also have a daily maths lesson). Lessons are structured with the aim of ensuring that all children master the key skills and concepts being taught; with the support of concrete resources and pictorial representations when appropriate. As children become more confident they will explore these concepts in greater depth and use a range of reasoning and problem solving activities to develop a secure understanding.
As a team we have developed our own calculation policy, which can be found below.