At St Matthew’s, we strongly believe that every child can succeed in Maths. Our teachers are experienced and trained in delivering a ‘mastery curriculum’ for all pupils.
We strive to keep each class together, working at the same level by using ‘same day interventions’ for those children who have struggled with a particular concept. For children who have grasped a concept rapidly, they will be further challenged through breadth and depth within that objective, as opposed to moving on to the next.
Throughout every Maths topic, we endeavour to provide a Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract approach to teaching and learning. This following extract is taken from the White Rose Maths Hub:
Concrete – Children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.
Pictorial – Children can then build on this previous step by using pictorial representations which can be used to help with reasoning and problem-solving questions.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children should be able to work without the able support using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
This year at St Matthew’s, we have had a real push forwards to ensuring that every child has been exposed to a range of reasoning and problem-solving activities. These can come in many forms.
You can also find the Long Term Plan for each Class at the bottom of this page, in addition to a more detailed explanation for how we achieve mastery for all ages and abilities at St Matthew’s.
At St. Matthew’s, we have multiple staff qualified in delivering effective ‘Every Child Counts’ Maths Interventions, for children who require additional support in this subject.
The programmes we currently have running are as follows:
Success @ Arithmetic: (Intervention for learners in Key Stage 2) – This is made up of two components – Number Sense and Calculation. A trained teaching assistant delivers up to 30 forty-minute sessions to a group of up to 3 learners, 3 times a week for 8 to 10 weeks, in addition to their normal Maths lessons. The sessions use number rods, bar modelling and written methods to build a complete mathematical picture, developing learners’ arithmetical fluency.
1st Class @ Number 1: (Intervention for learners in Key Stage 1) – This intervention is focused on the Year 1 objectives. The trained teaching assistant will usually work with a group of 4 children about 3 times a week for 10 weeks. The lessons are designed to be fun for the children, with lots of games and activities and discussion about the mathematics they are learning. The children will also have their daily maths lesson with their class teacher, who will work with the 1st Class @ Number 1 teaching assistant to plan the children’s work.
1st Class @ Number 2: (Intervention for learners in Key Stage 1) – This is a very similar programme to 1st Class @ Number 1 and it follows the same structure and overall theme. This intervention is focused towards the Year 2 curriculum.
With all the above programmes, children taking part complete a Standardised test at the start and end of the intervention to measure their progress.
Parental involvement is crucial to the success of these programmes, as children may bring home mathematics activities to practice and play.
Qualified ECC Staff:
Mrs Gibson is the Lead Teacher co-ordinating all programmes.
Miss Taylor delivers Success @ Arithmetic.
Mrs O’Reilly delivers 1st Class @ Number 1.
Mrs Wright delivers 1st Class @ Number 2.
If you would like to learn more about this program, how we deliver it or how it’s helped our school, please feel free to contact the programme lead, Mrs K Gibson.