Maths at St Christopher's
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
These aims inform our teaching at St Christopher's and teachers from Early Years to Year 6 use detailed schemes of learning published by the White Rose Maths Hub to plan effective maths lessons using the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach. These are adapted as appropriate using teachers’ assessment of pupils’ learning. We also work closely with the Cambridge Maths Hub who provide us with excellent opportunities and ideas to further develop our teaching of mastery mathematics.
Our use of White Rose is supplemented through a variety of resources including Numbots to help secure number bond knowledge in Key Stage 1 and Times Tables Rockstars to reinforce Times Tables fluency in Key Stage 2.
Our calculation policy which underpins our teaching of mathematics using the CPA approach and whole school long term plan can be found below.
St Christopher's CPA Calculation Policy
Whole School Maths Long Term Plan (LTP)
The CPA approach at St Christopher's
Here is an example from one of our year 4 classes working out fractions of quantities using the CPA approach. This approach allowed all children to access the same activity with different levels of scaffold to help them achieve their learning objective.
Concrete Pictorial Abstract
Year 6 Maths Leaders
This year we have our first ever maths leaders at St Christopher's! At the beginning of the year, the maths leaders job was advertised and required a letter of application in order to be considered for the role. Mr Etheridge was so impressed with the quality of the letters he received and went on to choose Damian, Bailey, Jesse, Weronika and Mia to become our first maths leaders. The leaders all have their own 'Maths Leader' badge to highlight their role and have a revolving weekly timetable of responsibilities that involve; organising our maths cupboard, preparing and collecting concrete and pictorial resources for the teachers, maintaining their 'Maths Leaders' display which involves maths problems for year 3/4 and 5/6 as well as being Numbots and TT Rockstars champions and encouraging the younger years to complete their homework by using the maths programmes. Look out for updates from the maths leaders soon!
Robot Rockstars Invade St Christopher’s!
On Thursday 15th October, St Christopher’s celebrated world maths days by holding a ‘Robot Rockstars’ day. The day was based around our use of Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots with the aim of getting the children to see the fun side of maths after a long learning break for some. Alongside their teachers, Early Years and Key Stage 1 children dressed up as robots and took part in fun number bond themed activities such as building their robot avatars from Numbots and going on a robot number bond hunt around the playground. Key Stage 2 children and their teachers dressed up as Rockstars and created their own codebreakers with Rockstars emojis, went on a Rockstars times table around the playground and created Rockstars silhouettes out of calculations involving all four operations.
Coronavirus didn’t stop us showing off our amazing costumes in a whole school assembly via Zoom. Each class also had a time slot to visit the Robot Rockstars photo booth and the estimation station where they got to estimate how many sweets they thought were in a jar as well as estimate the weight of some of the pumpkins from our Country Trust growing area.
Even with regular cleaning and social distancing, the day was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by both children and staff proving that maths really is rock ‘n’ roll!