Mathematics underpins many aspects of our everyday lives. At Grands Vaux we want to give our children the mathematical skills to deal with situations in every day life.

We want to build on their conceptual understanding of Mathematics in order to deepen their mathematical knowledge and understanding.

We want our children and staff to be excited about their learning and teaching. We want a learning environment that is safe and stimulating with appropriate challenge. It is essential to provide learners with opportunities to discover and nurture their mathematical skills and talents in order to fulfill their potential.

We aim for all our children to:

-become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately and ultimately enjoy the experience that Mathematics can bring

-reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

-be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking a variety of solutions.

What does Maths look like at Grands Vaux?

At Grands Vaux children are encouraged by the belief that by working hard in Mathematics then can succeed and that making mistakes is to be seen not as a failure but as a valuable opportunity for new learning. Our lessons are designed to have a high-level of teacher-child and child-child interaction where all students in the class are thinking about, working on and discussing the same mathematical content. Within our lessons, challenge and opportunities to deepen understanding of the key mathematical ideas is provided for all.

Every opportunity is made to keep the whole class learning together. Differentiation is achieved, not through offering different content, but through paying attention to levels of support and challenge needed to allow every child to fully grasp the concepts and ideas being studied. Therefore no child is left behind.

For those children who grasp ideas quickly, acceleration into new content is avoided. Instead, these children are challenged by deeper analysis of the lesson content and by applying the content in new and unfamiliar problem-solving situations. If children do struggle to grasp an important aspect of the learning, this is identified quickly and early intervention ensures that they are ready to move forward with the whole class in the next lesson.

Mathematics lessons at Grands Vaux School are designed to identify the mathematics that is to be taught, the key points within each topic taught, misconceptions that may occur and carefully sequenced learning journey through the lesson. We recognises that practise is a vital part of learning, but the practise is well-crafted that aims to, develop students’ conceptual understanding and encourage reasoning and mathematical thinking, as well as reinforcing their procedural fluency. Significant time is spent developing a deep understanding of the key ideas and concepts that are needed to underpin future learning. The structures and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, which helps to ensure that children’s learning is sustainable over time. Key facts such as number facts are learnt and practised regularly so that they become embedded. This helps children to focus on new ideas and concepts.

Maths No Problem!

When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! The goal is for all participating rockers to be Times Table Rock Stars after 20 weeks!

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