At Winsor, we believe that all children are capable of developing a deep understanding of mathematics.
We believe in a growth mindset, using a mastery approach to ensure that all children make progress in the fundamentals of maths.
We believe that an exploratory approach to mathematics is key to learning. All children move through the content at the same pace, focused around quality first teaching. Differentiation is through depth rather than through acceleration of content. We teach using a CPA (concrete, pictorial, abstract) so that learning is made real for all children. The use of manipulatives as a scaffold for learning is in place throughout the school, meaning that children have a hook for their understanding.
We ensure that children have a broad understanding of every area of maths and opportunities to apply their knowledge practically.
Mathematics teaching is taught in most instances as an isolated subject. However, we believe that children need to recognise how important it is in real life. We ensure that maths is used across the curriculum, notably in Science, PE, Computing and Geography. This ensures that children have a broad understanding of every area of maths and opportunities to apply their knowledge practically. Additionally, Enterprise Week takes place for one week a year: this is an opportunity for children to use practical mathematics skills and to consolidate their understanding of areas of learning such as money and measure.
One of the key aims of the curriculum is that all children should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. Children should be encouraged to explore and to investigate but they first need to be able to quickly recall. We use Times Table Rockstars to encourage children to practise their multiplication and division facts at home and at school. Parents are encouraged to use this alongside their children and help them learn their tables together.