Farnborough Juniors aims to give all children a thorough understanding of Number work, including; place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and fractions (including decimals and percentages); Measurement, Geometry - properties of shapes; and Statistics.
We also put a strong emphasis on pupils ability to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, investigating relationships and statements, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language. Teachers will aim to build reasoning into each lesson through either a problem of day, or reasoning activities based around skills developed that session.
Further to this, we also place importance in investigative and problem solving activities. Pupils explore ways of solving these 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 solutions.
Teaching and implementation
Farnborough Road Juniors uses the White Rose maths programme which looks to use reasoning and problem solving skills as a basis for pupils learning and encourages children to explain, using correct mathematical language, how they reached their conclusion. This gives the children the confidence to try out a variety of possible routes to a given answer and find the most efficient method to suit a given problem.
Each year group has five members of teaching staff for the four classes. This enables us to work in a variety of ways delivering Maths across the school. We have three parallel higher and middle ability groups and then two smaller groups of up to 18 children who work at a slightly slower pace. The work is delivered through a balance of individual programmes, group work and whole class lessons.
As part of our SIP plan we have provided extra teaching staff within each year group to support mathematics in our school. (This is also part of our work with our Pupil Premium money.)
Our mathematics curriculum has the overall aim of meeting the individual needs of children of all abilities, as well as offering challenge and enjoyment. There is a strong commitment to practical activities leading to mathematical understanding as well as in mental arithmetic as a basis for the children to be able to tackle more complex mathematical operations with confidence.
Farnborough has a calculation policy which is followed by all staff to ensure the children progress through in the four number operations in a logical and sequential process. We recognise the importance of tables in everyday life for our children and use a Tables Badge System in conjunction with TTRockstars, to develop this within school with children regularly having opportunities to try for the Bronze, Silver and Gold badges.