Subject: Maths

In Maths at Orchard Head we aim to provide our children with a secure understanding of place value, as we believe that our mathematicians cannot succeed without it. They use this knowledge as a foundation for all other mathematical concepts. They’re encouraged to think deeply, try out a range of strategies and develop accurate use of mathematical vocabulary. Activities are set with the mastery style of questioning at the focus, and lessons always include an element of challenge for our children. We use equipment wherever appropriate to encourage children to move from concrete to abstract methods quickly.

We encourage children to operate with an element of resilience when problem solving in order to achieve numerical fluency. Our children are encouraged to see unsuccessful attempts as opportunities, and are not held back by the fear of getting something wrong. We target different children per half-term to make rapid progress and run regular assessment for learning intervention groups. We respond to children who struggle with concepts through proactive pre-teach sessions during assembly time.

The children complete a daily times tables test through the Times Table Rockstars program; and children prepare for their SATS by regularly practising test-style questions. We track children’s progress throughout the year.