Core Skills - Mathematics



Why Mathematics? 

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At Darlinghurst, we believe that mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a network of concepts and relationships that provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems.

It is our aim to develop mathematicians with:

· a positive attitude towards mathematics and an awareness of the fascination of mathematics

· competence and confidence in mathematical fluency, concepts and skills

· an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately

· initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others

· an ability to communicate mathematics

· an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life situations;

· an understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment.

Through these skills, they will be Successful Learners, Prepared for Change, Confident Individuals, Active Citizens and Effective Contributors.

How do we work to achieve this?

We work closely with Mathematics Mastery, who provide all the maths lessons for Oak National Academy. Their curriculum, which follows the National Curriculum, is built around the Singapore method of teaching mathematics and guides the coverage of our content, ensuring our learning is progressive and accessible to all. We teach in mixed ability classes and, where appropriate, we also have number groups to allow some of our children extra time to deepen their understanding of key foundational knowledge.

Our daily maths lesson structure, which has been adapted to suit our school, ensures that children have regular practice of appropriate knowledge such as number bonds, times tables facts and arithmetic in a fast paced 15 minute Number Crunch session. After input from the teacher and working as a class to get to grips with new learning, the children practise themselves. Activities are adapted to children's needs and opportunities are provided to show mathematical thinking in many different ways using concrete objects, models and images as well as more traditional ways of representing maths. These skills are then applied in a range of contexts as children build their confidence and deepen their understanding.

We also strive to make real – not contrived – links with maths across the curriculum, for example gathering and presenting data in science, or using tessellation in art or weighing ingredients in our kitchen!

To see how we teach mathematical concepts across the academy in detail, see our Progression in Calculations document here.

Curriculum maps and our key mathematical representations can be viewed here.

Times Tables

We understand that a quick recall of number bonds and times tables gives our children greater confidence in their broader maths. As well as using counting sticks and a variety of games and activities to engage our children with learning their times tables, we use Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS) as an exciting way to improve the recall of multiplication facts. This web-based resource is used regularly both in school and at home. 

Each week, the classes with the highest engagement with TTRS and the most correct answers win trophies. Leader boards for Years 2-6 are also shared each week and displayed with pride in our classrooms. Weekly certificates are also awarded to the top three children who most improved their speed and accuracy over the past 14 days.