In our Maths teaching at The Rookeries, we start with place value – in other words, the value of each digit in a number. Once our children have a secure understanding of this, they have the foundation for all other mathematical concepts.
The children are involved in lessons that promote fluency, problem solving and reasoning. We encourage the children to think deeply, to try out a range of strategies and to use mathematical vocabulary correctly. Our lessons focus on the ‘mastery’ style of teaching, which inspires and challenges pupils at every level to give both wider and deeper understanding. We often use equipment to encourage children to move quickly from concrete to pictorial and then onto abstract methods.
There is a positive attitude to reasoning and problem solving in our Maths classes. Our teachers encourage the children to see unsuccessful attempts as opportunities, and make sure they are not held back by the fear of getting something wrong.