In our Maths teaching at Orchard Head we start with place value; in other words, the value of each digit in a number. Once our children have a secure understanding of this, they have the foundation for all other mathematical concepts.
We encourage the children to think deeply, to try out a range of strategies and to use mathematical vocabulary correctly. Our lessons focus on the ‘mastery’ style of teaching, which inspires and challenges pupils at every level to give both wider and deeper understanding. We often use equipment to encourage children to move quickly from concrete to abstract methods.
There is a positive attitude to problem-solving in our Maths classes. Our teachers encourage the children to see unsuccessful attempts as opportunities and make sure that they are not held back by the fear of getting something wrong. We target different children each half-term to make rapid progress and run regular assessment for learning intervention groups. Extra teaching sessions are provided for children who need more help with their Maths work. Our planning in Years 1 – 6 is based on the White Rose Maths planning approach.