'Mathematics is taught well. Staff are clear how calculation, for example, is taught at Peartree. Vocabulary specific to the subject is taught effectively. As a result, pupils’ understanding is built well'.
February 2016, Ofsted
We teach mathematics lessons every day, usually in the morning. We place a very strong emphasis upon using hands on resources to develop a strong understanding of mathematical concepts. We also develop skills through problem solving and exploration.
Building upon our work on growth mindsets and 'learning without limits', we differentiate maths tasks by employing a 'challenge and choose' policy. Children can pick which task they would like to have a go at and are encouraged to go as 'hot' as they feel confident: 'Lemon and Herb' (one chilli), 'Mild' (two chillies), 'Hot' (three chillies) or 'Spicy' (four chillies).
We develop maths fluency through daily Big Maths groups, and then build upon these skills in daily maths lessons. These sessions develop the foundation skills of maths such as counting, number bonds, times tables, calculations and making connections. As children gain these skills, they are moved groups so they continue to be challenged.