What does maths learning look like at Dore Primary School?

Across the school, maths is taught daily so that pupils develop as creative, resilient mathematicians. As maths is such a huge part of the world around us, there are many cross-curricular links and our maths learning is developed through a vast range of other subjects such as Geography, History, Science, Computing and Art.

At Dore Primary School, the White Rose Maths framework is followed by all teachers to support with the planning and delivery of quality maths lessons.

The aim of this approach is to:

  • Support children’s ability to make links and connections between mathematical concepts,
  • Develop children’s reasoning and problem solving skills
  • Increase children’s fluency of number fact recall.

Our calculation policy (see attachment below) has been developed around the use of CONCRETE, PICTORIAL and ABSTRACT methods which support children to “SEE THE MATHS” and apply learning to new concepts.

Concrete – Children use practical apparatus such as base 10, place value counters, Cuisenaire rods, Numicon and plastic coins to complete calculations. The main focus is to investigate new concepts and ideas, develop an understanding of the place value of numbers and recognise links to prior learning.

Pictorial – Children draw images of practical apparatus to encourage them to begin developing mental pictures of calculations and visualise the calculation. Children make links between concrete and abstract representations.

Abstract – Children represent prior learning using mathematical symbols. They consolidate the understanding formed through concrete and pictorial investigation and use digits and symbols to represent calculations.

How does concrete, pictorial and abstract impact children’s learning?

  • Children show better retention rates of new concepts when they are introduced using practical apparatus compared to just using abstract symbols 
  • Using practical apparatus reduces cognitive demand on pupils 
  • Children develop a deeper understanding of concepts 
  • Using concrete and pictorial images reduces an overreliance on mathematical rules and encourages a deeper understanding of concepts 
  • Using practical apparatus address and overcome children’s misconceptions about mathematical concepts

What are the maths non-negotiables?

The maths non-negotiables are key recall facts which are taught in each year group to support children’s maths fluency. At Dore Primary School, children are encouraged to look carefully at questions in order to choose the most efficient method for solving calculations. Developing number fluency allows children to use mental methods to calculate, thus reducing cognitive load and increasing efficiency. In addition to regularly being practised during maths lessons, these recall facts are taught and revised throughout the day as part of classroom routines such as during classroom transitions. 

The White Rose 1 minute maths app is great fun for pupils in Foundation and Key Stage 1 to practise learning fluency facts at home. It includes lots of levels for children to work through and aim to beat their latest high scores. It’s free to download and doesn’t require a pupil login.

Times Table Rockstars is a brilliant website for practising times tables for children in Y2 and above. Each week pupils in Key Stage 2 are awarded certificates for the progress that they have made with their recall speed. Please ask your child’s teacher if you are unsure of your child’s log-in for this useful resource.

What is SPADE?

At Dore Primary School, we have developed SPADE (Show it! Prove it! Apply it! Detect it! Explain it!) to encourage children to reason and problem solve as mathematicians. SPADE increases children’s links and connections between different areas of learning and also develops critical thinking skills in maths.

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Below are some additional links to support parents with Maths learning:

Maths News:

  • Design and Food Technology – Ice-cream!
    What better way to finish a series of Maths lesson using mass and capacity, than to use these skills to make ice-cream? The children worked brilliantly together to measure the incredients and follow the recipe to make delicious ice-cream. It was the perfect way to cool off in the hot weather!
  • Y4 Arches
    To link in with our learning about Roman technology and architecture, we created our own arches out of straight pieces of wood. To do this we had to carefully create a trapezium template (nicely linking with our recent maths work on 2D shapes). We used the template to mark out our wood, then used workbenches […]
  • Y1 Water Relay
    We worked on our team building skills this afternoon, whilst cooling off at the same time! The children had to transfer water from one receptacle to another, without spilling too much on the way. They did a great job supporting each other, and utilised their measuring skills to judge the winners of each race.
  • Infant Celebration Assembly – resilience in maths
  • Ancient Egyptian STEM in Year 3
    In recent weeks, the children in year 3 have been really getting stuck into a series of STEM projects (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics) as they investigate different aspects of ancient Egyptian life. Pyramid Angles We measured the angles that the Ancient Egyptians had built their pyramid and learnt how this affected the height and […]
  • Y1 – Maths – fractions!
    Today in Maths the children used salt dough to find one half of a whole! They were able to recognise that halves must be equal amounts, and some children even managed to find quarters!
  • Maths KS1
    We have been learning how to do Arrays in Maths.
  • Y1 Multiplication Carousel
    The children were very resourceful during their maths lesson today. They completed a carousel of activities focussing on multiplication (groups of and repeated addition); division (sharing into equal groups) and doubling.
  • Y1 Maths
    The children have been learning to multiply by 10. We used pieces of Numicon to support our understanding of how many groups we were multiplying by.
  • Y1 Maths – x 2!
    Today, the children have been learning how to multiply by two! We looked at the symbol ‘X’ and different ways we say this and what this means. The children used numicon ‘2’ pieces to show their working out.
  • Foundation 2 Spring Update
    We’ve had an action packed and enjoyable Spring 2 half term. The children have definitely earned their break with all their hard work and super learning progress. This is a very full update but we will aim after the holidays to update you with more regular smaller posts. If you notice your child isn’t featured […]
  • Y1 – Maths – capacity!
    Today, the children enjoyed a hands on learning experience of capacity. They used different containers to estimate the capacity of each, using water. Some children guessed accurately, and even noticed that wider containers can have a larger capacity than taller ones!
  • Y1 Maths – measuring!
    Yesterday, the children practised measuring using non-standard units such as hands, pencils and even whiteboards! They worked hard to measure accurately and start in the correct place.