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Earlham follows a Mastery approach to mathematics so we follow the White Rose Math’s scheme of work. In order to master a mathematical concept we need to have a greater deal of time to go into greater depth, therefore we strongly believe in the timely intervention. 

Lesson Structure
Our Math’s lesson is divided into two sessions. The first session involves the teacher teaching the concept to all the children followed by an independent task and self-assessment carried out by the pupils. After the first session, each teacher will be given 15 minutes to assess children’s work while the children go for a break. Second session follows up of the first one involving three differentiated activities (Reteach, Practice and Mastery). The prompt assessment and the opportunity to act upon the feedback support rapid progress. 

In Foundation Stages, there are two Mathematics lessons a week which last approximately 10 – 20 minutes. Children have at least one opportunity during those two days to take part in adult focus activities. In addition to this, there are mental math sessions which take place daily.

We enjoy teaching mathematics to children whatever their ability. We provide learning opportunities that match the needs of the children – whatever their abilities. Teachers use a range of tools for assessing children’s understanding, progress and the impact of teaching throughout a lesson.

Hands on learning
At Earlham we take great pride in getting children to bring learning to life! We use a range on concrete (counters, dice, cubes etc), pictorial and abstract approaches to allow children to gain the master greater depth understanding. We shape our children to become independent, reflective thinkers, whose mathematical skills can also support them across the curriculum (science, geography etc). 
You may have heard announcements about the Multiplication Tables Check coming in for Year 4 children. Maths is a big subject and we appreciate there’s more to it than times tables and there’s more to times tables than learning them off by heart. The checks will not be compulsory until 2020, however we want to improve the children fluency and confidence in times tables, therefore we currently  test children weekly on their timetables, as well as encourage children to use TT rock stars daily (even for 5 minutes before school). Additionally, we have provided children in year 3 and 4 with a timetables book to continue to practice at home with parents/careers.


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