Maths at Milford Junior School
At Milford, we aim to develop each child’s confidence in mathematics and believe all children will become resilient, fluent mathematicians with an ability to tackle problem solving. Our pupils have the opportunity to explore concepts and build on prior learning, taking small steps to achieve greater understanding along their mathematical learning journey. We endeavour to provide a Mastery Curriculum to support all children in reaching their full potential in preparation for secondary school and adult life. Our pupils leave Milford Junior School with mathematical confidence, a joy of learning and are well-equipped for the challenges that lie ahead.
Basic skills in mathematics are taught as soon as the children arrive in school and are revisited and developed throughout their time with us. The aim is for the children to be able to make calculations quickly and accurately, using logical methods to arrive at solutions to problems.
Wherever possible, mathematics draws upon real-life situations, and, according to their age and ability, the children will cover calculation strategies (including times tables), money, fractions, percentages, measure, geometry (shape, space and position), statistics (handling data).
It is our belief that everyone can master maths at their own level and the term is never used as a descriptor for those classed as ‘more able’ mathematicians. Children are given timely and effective intervention that may be within the lesson or more formally over a matter of weeks. This should help to close any gaps within the children’s knowledge.
WHITE ROSE MATHS
We follow the Mastery approach using the White Rose Maths programme. Within White Rose Maths, children deepen their understanding of mathematical concepts, becoming more confident and competent and ready to face new challenges. It is important that pupils are secure in their knowledge and understanding across all mathematical areas and show resilience in their learning.
Mathematics is taught through three main types of questioning: Varied Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving. Children explore and unpick mathematical concepts in depth, working through differentiated work but within mixed ability grouping. This means that all pupils, regardless of their mathematical ability, can support one another in understanding concepts.
Every pupil has a #TTRockStars account to use at home and in school. Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Children can practice in the 'Garage', earn their rock status in the 'Studio' or compete against their peers in the 'Arena'. Pupils can even challenge their peers to a battle in 'Rockslam' or play against children from all around the world in 'Festival' mode! If you do not have your child's log-in details, please speak to your child's class teacher.
In line with our homework policy, children are set homework. Every fourth week a ‘revisit’ homework is set, so children are required to draw on previous learning and consolidate understanding further.