Mathematics at Kingsthorne Primary School is taught in mixed attainment classes, until Years 5 and 6 within a mastery curriculum. Children are immersed in all aspects of number for their first term in each year group, consolidating, reinforcing and exposing children to unfamiliar problems. Fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills are weaved in throughout the progression of a lesson and within a sequence of lessons. Lessons vary from a ‘Practise, Stretch and Challenge’ model, to whole-class investigations, paired talk-time sessions, carousel variation activities and practical work recorded with photographs and reflections on learning.
Teachers within year-groups create a bespoke, tailored curriculum drawing activities, models and ideas from a range of planning materials. Our lessons, curriculum and pedagogies at Kingsthorne are designed with the needs of our children in mind; from this part of the country, from this part of Birmingham. This includes a relentless drive on learning the fundamentals of mathematics from the earliest stage.
An understanding of how children learn, from using concrete materials, pictorial representations and abstract ideas and symbols is at the heart of mathematics teaching in Kingsthorne. This learning underpins our pedagogy.
Early Years (Nursery and Reception)
Children in Early Years at Kingsthorne are encouraged to choose and participate in a range of mathematical activities each day. This includes cooking, weighing and measuring, painting, shapes and patterns, ordering and comparing and using mathematical language. Children learn to be numerate through a range of carefully selected activities. Work and activities are recorded in learning journals, as well as in our EYFS assessment framework ‘Tapestry’.
Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
During the first two years of their primary education, children at Kingsthorne are taught a variety of different mathematical concepts. They will learn to work independently, with an adult or with small groups and will learn to record their work in their maths exercise books. Children will learn multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times tables and number facts such as number bonds to 10, 20 and 100 as well as the beginnings of written methods of calculation. They will use positional and directional language, geometry, measures and simple fractions and explore areas of mathematics that will require them to link their previous knowledge and to problem-solve.
Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to Year 6)
As the children move to Key Stage two they will be taught written methods of calculation and consolidate their knowledge of multiplication and related division facts for all times tables up to 12 x 12. In Year 4 children will take the multiplication check and focus will be on recalling facts quickly and accurately. Children will develop further within fractions, decimal and percentages, measures, geometry, statistics and delve into algebra. Children will gradually acquire this knowledge through a rigorous and sequentially planned series of topics and lessons. During every lesson, children will spend time practising multiplication and division facts, counting and arithmetic. Children will also be exposed to rich tasks designed to challenge and investigate in order to be successful mathematicians into their secondary education.