Numeracy at Christ Church
At Christ Church Primary School, we believe that children should be taught to be confident with number, calculations, measuring, shape, data and statistics. We want children to recognise and be aware of the relevance and application of maths out in the real world.
By approaching the teaching of numeracy this way, we can try to ensure that children are competent mathematicians, not only for when they move onto secondary school but also for life.
We hope that this page gives a clear overview of how we teach maths at our school - Lee Sutton, Maths Lead
The Numeracy Curriculum at Christ Church
At Christ Church, we use the White Rose Maths approach to underpin the maths curriculum. This approach focuses on pupils utilising their number facts to improve their reasoning skills. Over time, this improves pupils ability to be able to problem solve. Learn more about White Rose by clicking here.
Like how spelling and phonics are the foundations of literacy, times tables and number are the foundations of numeracy and without them, a child will find it difficult to progress if they do not have a good grasp of these concepts. Therefore, at Christ Church, we put an emphasis on number and key facts
regarding times tables and place value are being predominantly focussed on in KS1 to ensure children have a sound base knowledge on which to build upon in KS2.
The pupils across the school start most days signing in to their Maths Gym. These sessions contain key number objectives that the pupils work towards achieving. As children advance through the school, our Maths Gym initiative helps support this base knowledge and keep it 'bubbling over' so to speak. Using online resources, like IXL, can further support the children's numeracy knowledge as well as teachers and parents assess the children's progress.
Maths Assessment Ladders
We use the Maths Standards below to assess pupils against 'expected' level of attainment for pupils of their age/Year group. We also like pupils to engage within the assessment process and play an active role in understanding what their next steps are.
Standards in Maths 2016/17
Early Years Foundation Stage:
86% of children made expected standard. This is above the L.A. results (82%).
Key Stage 1 results:
94% met expected standard. This is above local and national results. (L.A. 81%, national 75%).
42% met the higher standard. This is above local and national results. (L.A. 30%, national 21%).
Key Stage 2 results:
97% met expected standard. This is above local and national results (L.A. 87%, national 75%).
67% met the higher standard. This is above local and national results (L.A. 30%, national 23%).
Average scaled score was 112. This is above local and national results (L.A. 106, national 104)
Overall school progress:
· Children made 6 points progress on average.
· 85% of pupils at age-related standards across the classes.
· 40% of pupils at above age-related standards across the classes.
Planned Focus and Developments for 2018/19
· Giving maths a bigger focus at the school – during family assembly, highlight classes and children that have achieved well on IXL.
· Organise a maths day with a focus on maths in the real world and problem solving
· Planning and supporting teachers in taking maths ‘outside’ to show children maths in the real world.
· Develop links with other numeracy leaders within the ‘working together’ group through building upon the maths triads.
· Implementing the use of the ‘10 ticks’ resource across the school.
· During class observations, that other online programs such as STOPS and Testbase are being used to help assess children’s understanding.
· To lead a staff meeting on maths – resources recap old and new, using testbase and IXL to move learning on. Certificates from IXL to children and classes and monitoring children’s homework.
· Carry out a pupil voice evaluation of numeracy.
· Book scrutiny each academic term to assess actions as agreed with staff and measure progress during the academic cycle.
· Learning Walk (informal): focus on purposeful displays for learning and Maths Gym is happening and is appropriate for the age group.
· Attend Ray Maher course on ‘Moving whole school to maths from good to outstanding’.
· Review numeracy policy 2018-2019.
· Discuss with ICT providers about uploading demonstration videos on maths operations.
· Developing and improving problem solving skills through training and excellent resources.