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Maths at Ranvilles Junior School

We encourage all pupils to see themselves as mathematicians and foster a lifelong curiosity and enthusiasm for the subject. Through carefully planned activities, the children discover the value of different aspects of mathematics in everyday life, whilst developing key skills essential for future success in a complex and ever-changing world, such as critical thinking and problem-solving.

Whilst developing our mathematicians to be accurate and fluent, we also promote the use of Ranvilles values during mathematics lessons. We carefully plan tasks which facilitate time to reason and reflect, as well as appreciate the importance of perseverance and creative thinking. By establishing a positive classroom ethos, pupils are encouraged to have a growth mind-set when faced with challenges and to see and appreciate mistake-making as part of the learning process. Through stimulating teaching and learning strategies and meaningful contexts, the pupils are able to develop their confidence, whilst being motivated and challenged to achieve their very best.

We appreciate that certain areas of mathematics can seem difficult, especially when concepts are presented in an abstract way. This is why our units of work focus on the development of skills using the CPA approach, seeing learners explore their mathematics using concrete resources alongside pictorial and abstract representations, enabling them to develop a deeper and more sustainable understanding of concepts. Through our philosophy of ‘practise, prove, perfect’, we ensure that key skills are regularly revisited as well as a focus for our 20 minute daily maths application time.

Reasoning

Reasoning in mathematics sees our pupils following a line of enquiry, developing an argument, justifying and proving their thinking using mathematical language; all skills which we view as important as a mathematician and also transferable to all areas of life. Through careful modelling, the children learn how to apply logical and critical thinking skills to a task, whilst developing their ability to explain thinking using key vocabulary.

Fluency

We encourage our pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and regular practice. Activities are planned to ensure pupils develop number sense and explore efficient strategies, whilst being challenged to apply skills across multiple domains.

Problem-solving

We acknowledge the important role that we play in developing our pupils as problem-solvers of the future. As such, problem-solving is an integral part of our mathematics curriculum and pupils are given regular opportunities to apply skills and understanding in a range of routine and non-routine tasks. Through these opportunities, they are encouraged to use systematic approaches and logical thinking, whilst valuing opportunities to evaluate and adjust strategies.

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