For maths at Mill Lane, we have developed our curriculum and refined it over a number of years. We now have a curriculum which will optimize the progress of our children, with great influence taken from the White Rose Maths framework and sequences.
Our starting points for all year groups is a focus on number and place value as this underpins the numeracy learning and understanding for the rest of the year.
To teach core concepts to our children, we move through a series of phases building depth of understanding and fluency. These stages are as follows: concrete (using manipulatives and objects), pictorial (where picture references and systems like bar models are used) and abstract (applying knowledge and strategies to problem solve and reason).
We start every lesson with arithmetic, which enables children to practise core calculation skills.
An exciting development this year is our participation in a Mastery Maths Hub project, where we are working with local schools in Devon to develop problem solving and reasoning, run by National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
The children really enjoy their maths learning and we’ve seen great results in the development of children’s calculations and confidence with number.