Maths is taught every day. We focus heavily on the Four Operations throughout the year as many of our children have gaps in their learning as a result of previous part time timetables, periods out of education or exclusions from their mainstream schools. We then use White Rose Maths to support the children's learning, reasoning and problem solving of the other mathematical concepts which are blocked throughout the year.
Maths will be given a context for the children to learn within which may relate to their current IPC Topic or another aspect of real life. Children are assessed within lessons/topics and moved on/supported accordingly.
White Rose Maths
With the mantra "Everyone can do Maths: Everyone Can", White Rose has been developed to build a whole new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. No matter what their starting points, it aims to help teachers and learners everywhere to achieve excellence.
Supported by the theories and methods of White Rose, at Vermont, we use concrete, pictorial then abstract approaches to develop children's understanding of the core concepts in maths.
We use concrete materials such as Numicon, bead strings and base ten models to teach the understanding of place value and the four operations. This is supported with the pictorial representation of the model to support recording answers which will then develop on to the children having a firm enough grasp to calculate in their heads. This is the abstract stage. Given these opportunities, it is hoped children develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.