At Golcar JIN School, our aim is that all children will become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through varied and frequent practice of number facts. Opportunities are given to apply this knowledge accurately across all areas of the curriculum. Children, of all ages, are challenged to reason mathematically and solve problems through depth of learning, working towards mastery for all.
How do we teach maths?
The whole school follows the Big Maths CLIC method, which embraces the logical nature of maths, translating it into simple steps and progress drives. Progress becomes easy and fun for both children and teachers, giving all pupils the opportunity to achieve. This learning starts in Nursery through Little Big Maths and is built on each year, developing children’s love for maths through school.
Children acquire the basic skills of Mathematics (core numeracy) through the chronology of CLIC. When we look at core numeracy in more detail we see that it has a four stage process to it:
Counting children learn to count and to ‘count on’.
Learn Its children then short-cut this counting by recalling their ‘counting on’ as facts.
It’s Nothing New children then ‘swap the thing’ to realise that the counting fact, or ‘Learn It’, can be applied to any object, amount or unit of measure.
Calculation the previous 3 phases are combined to provide a calculation structure. Here children are taught the formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
The CLIC is complemented with SAFE Maths (think shape, measure, fractions and data). This refers to a large amount of primary mathematics curriculum content. Virtually all of SAFE Maths is underpinned by a Core Numeracy element.
Shape 2D, 3D, Coordinates etc…
Amounts Measures for distance, mass, angles etc…
Fractions Fractions of amounts, percentages, ratio etc…
Explaining Data Graphs, probability…
The areas of SAFE maths are applied, where possible, through cross-curricular work, with a strong emphasis on practical activities. Children’s mental maths is tested weekly using the Beat That Challenges, which incorporates number facts and times tables. The challenges are fast and fun and children are encouraged to beat their score from previous week.