MathsCoordinator Mr M Clayton
We offer rich and vibrant opportunities which draw upon meaningful real-life experiences. The topics and programmes of study are planned so that they are ambitious for all learners. Knowledge, skills and concepts are clearly outlined in an age-appropriate and progressive way from Reception to Y6 so that understanding is extended, year upon year. The lessons are stimulating and interesting, promoting tenacity through fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Maths is a journey, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.
Maths is bespoke to the school; we have designed our own maths scheme based on the national curriculum which has a proven track record of success for all.
The Netherthong approach, from Reception to Y6, incorporates objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.
All pupils, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic. Pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
At Netherthong, we strive for all pupils to achieve their maximum potential, by having high expectations and standards. We achieve excellent results in terms of academic success. Our children make rapid progress from Foundation Stage and, by the end of Key Stage Two, do extremely well when compared with national and local results. Our stimulating curriculum teaches core skills in maths, which is taught discretely and through the curriculum. We have a proven track record of supporting children successfully to meet their full potential through lessons and focused interventions, where necessary.
Our children enjoy lessons and we believe this early love of learning stimulates children to become life-long learners.
At Netherthong, children are assessed every lesson which helps the teacher plan the next steps to be taught. Assessment data is gathered regularly and progress is checked by the senior leadership team. Children are expected to make good or better progress; this individual progress is tracked and reported to parents and carers at parents evening and on the end of year report.