At Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park, we believe that children from all backgrounds can succeed in Mathematics. We have a mastery approach to maths, and we use the White Rose schemes of learning to support this.
White Rose is a well-established organisation, with a clear progression of skills inline with the National Curriculum. It is a spiral curriculum which means that pupils revisit the following areas of maths, every year, and master the topics before moving onto the next:
The ‘concrete, pictorial, abstract’ (CPA) approach is at the heart of our lessons at HPAPP. CPA is for all abilities and all ages and encourages mastery teaching. Teachers apply a cyclical approach when using CPA: it can be used to as the bridge between concrete and abstract but also as a strategy to deepen their understanding after giving an answer in the abstract form.
Maths lessons at HPAPP promote oracy in many ways:
Key Vocabulary – for every lesson is highlighted at the start of every lesson and displayed on the maths ‘working walls’. Pupils are expected to use this vocabulary throughout the lesson when reasoning and problem solving.
Partner Practice- takes place in every lesson where pupils are again expected to use specific vocabulary when ‘teaching’ their partner. The Partner Practice questions are printed on a sheet with vocabulary and sentence frames to support all pupils.
Written Task: Here the children are independently completing the tasks, which come after the teacher input, questioning, discussion and ‘partner practice’ so that Assessment for Learning has taken place to ensure all children have understood the main concept/LO. We use a sticker system that progresses from fluency to problem solving and reasoning as the independent tasks for the children to complete. Stickers 1, 2 and 3 have am additional challenge question aimed to challenge learners and deepen their understanding.
Please click here to read our Maths Handbook.