Intent – Developing Mastery in Maths
A the Tacolneston & Morley CE VA Schools Federation, we firmly believe in the importance of maths for our children, both as a key to future learning and as a vital tool for use throughout their everyday lives. We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support. So, we aim to provide a positive stimulating environment where children feel confident to explore maths and develop their skills.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics.
The following documents give you more detail on this.
Developing mastery in maths is based on building strong foundations that are then built upon using small steps as children develop their understanding. These documents show the progression of skills and understanding in all calculations, alongside our development of concrete, pectoral and abstract representations of concepts.
Implementation – Using Inspire Maths
From September 2018, the Tacolneston & Morley CE VA Schools Federation introduced Inspire Maths in year groups 1 – 6, reception will still follow their progression through the Early Years Framework.
Inspire Maths is a whole-school Primary maths programme based on the leading Singapore Maths series My Pals are Here! , and is currently used in almost 100% of Singapore’s state primary schools.
- Accessible Pupil Textbooks introduce concepts in a highly scaffolded way, enabling all children to develop critical thinking skills, make mathematical connections and become confident mathematicians.
- Inspire Maths is built on a Concrete-Pictoral-Abstract (CPA) approach, ensuring secure foundations and a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Inspire Maths uses spiral progression to develop fluency and reasoning and builds strong conceptual understanding and problem solving skills for mastery.
The overview of the scheme shows that children work from Inspire phase 1 through to Inspire phase 6 and this details the variety of units that they will cover on this journey. However, as this scheme is from Singapore it is not necessarily in like with year groups in this country. Therefore, children will work through the scheme as they progress with their mathematical skills, but the number of Inspire may not tally with their year group number. Also units may be tackled in differing orders, due to the sequence of the National Curriculum 2014. The correlation charts on the website show how the two marry up.
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