Teaching of Numeracy at Holy Cross Catholic Primary Academy
At Holy Cross, lessons have clear learning objectives so children understand what they are learning and can assess how well they have done in the same way their teachers do. Children develop their knowledge of number, calculations, fractions, measure, statistics and shape. The three aims of the curriculum (fluency, problem solving and reasoning) are woven through the learning sequence to ensure that children are able to apply their understanding in a variety of different ways. Mental calculation strategies are also taught regularly.
Teachers plan following a mastery approach to learning - the aim is for all children to be able to achieve the outcomes for their year group. Teachers are skilled at providing the appropriate scaffolding to support children's learning and supporting the development of conceptual understanding alongside mathematical procedures. Additional adult support is also used to ensure that all children in the class are ready to access the next lesson.
Children have access to a wide range of mathematical resources and displays to support their learning whilst working independently. When children have achieved the objectives for their year group, teachers provide learning that encourages children to deepen their understanding rather than moving onto the next year group's learning content. This ensures that children have an excellent understanding of mathematical concepts whilst encouraging curiosity and resilience.
At Holy Cross, our calculation policy has been developed to ensure that by the end of Year 6 all children:
o Have a secure knowledge of number facts and good understanding of the four operations;
o Are able to use this knowledge and understanding to carry out calculations mentally and to apply general strategies when using one-digit and two-digit numbers and particular strategies to special cases to involving bigger numbers;
o Make use of diagrams and informal notes to help record steps and parts of answers when using mental methods that generate more information than can be kept in their heads;
o Have an efficient, reliable, compact written method of calculation for each operation that they can apply with confidence when undertaking calculations that they cannot carry out mentally.
The language of maths is important and children learn a wide range of words to support their knowledge. Mathematical language is specifically taught within numeracy lessons; teachers model and encourage children to use mathematical language.