Mathematics

mathsCurrent Development Document for Numeracy (Session 2014/15)
“Mathematics is important in everyday life, allowing us to make sense of the world around us. It enables us to contribute effectively in the workplace and gives us the capacity to be both creative and logical.
To face the challenges of the 21st century, each young person needs to have confidence in using mathematical skill.”
Mathematics Cover Paper (CfE)
At Milngavie Primary and nursery, mathematics is systematically taught at every stage. Children are offered meaningful opportunities to develop mathematics across the curriculum, learning how to transfer and progress their skills to new contexts and deepen their understanding.
In teaching mathematics children develop their knowledge through the following organisers:
Number, Money and Measure
Information Handling
Shape, Position and Movement
mathsMethodology
Mathematics lessons begin in the early stages with children experiencing all aspects of maths through the practical application of skills. Activities include opportunities for oral, mental, written and practical activities. Children have experience of working within a class, group or as an individual. At all stages children are active in their learning and employ assessment for learning strategies. Collaborative learning will encourage children to reason logically and creatively through discussion of mathematical concepts  and ideas.  Teachers set very clear learning intentions with children and ensure that prior learning is built upon. Pupils are encouraged to check success criteria, where appropriate, and to assess their own work.  Lessons begin with K.I.S.S (Keeping Important Skills Sharp) sums from Primary 2 – 7. This is a 10 minute activity where structure and layout is focused on within an aspect of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division already taught, allowing for reinforcement of skills.
Each session is then structured as follows:
• Whole class interactive maths/mental maths
• Direct interactive teaching to one group 
• Remaining groups on set tasks, either active or written and repeat as appropriate
• Plenary 
Resources
Our core mathematics scheme for all levels is Heinemann (including Heinemann Active from Early Level). For consolidation, reinforcement  and to support those pupils requiring further teaching within specific aspects of numeracy, Teejay Maths, ‘Breakaway Maths’ and ‘Spotlight Maths’ resources are available. Problem solving skills are taught explicitly through current learning contexts. Various ICT resources are used to enhance all core skills, Education City, EDC Primary Maths and Active Primary. Resources are stored on the maths resource shelves within each building.
 
Credit UnionInter-Disciplinary Learning & Numeracy across the Curriculum
Opportunities for cross-curricular learning exist through the delivery of Enterprise activities and ICT. Children are encouraged to apply their mathematical and problem solving skills to real life situations in the classroom. Finance week, Credit Union and our Business links are just some examples of this and ways in which we are developing transferable skills and skills for life.
Planning, Assessing and Reporting
East Dunbartonshire planners which we have adapted to meet our requirements   are used across all staged in all areas in mathematics. These include our Home Activities, Learning Journey Targets and links to Heinemann Active. At Second level these planners show linear skills progression across the level. Our Early level planner is used across nursery into Primary 1 to ensure a smooth and seamless transition.
The planning cycle consists of 4 blocks: August to October, October to December, January to March and April to June. Teachers highlight to show the parts of the programme that are to be achieved for a particular group of learners. Teachers tick and date the planner when the skills have been achieved and any notes of relevance are made. During Target Setting, teachers and
management discuss progress made.
mathsAll written work is regularly marked and the children given both positive feedback and a clear
explanation of work that is incorrect. Our staff use misconceptions and wrong answers as opportunities to improve and deepen children’s understanding of mathematical concepts.
Assessment activities are included in the Heinemann material and are used at the appropriatetime and during assessment weeks. During these assessment weeks further mathematical assessments are carried out and the details of these can be found on our Assessment Focus calendar for the session. Teachers create additional assessment materials to support specific work  Information gathered from assessments is used in moderation activities to inform future learning and teaching in the school. 
mathsSummative Assessments
NFER Maths is used from Primary 2-7 and QUEST at Primary 2. The results of these are used to address specific individual or group needs and are recorded annually within the school tracking spreadsheet.
Children’s mathematical skills are assessed each term for the following reasons:
• Children and teachers evaluate progress made over the term
• Children and teachers set targets for next term
• SMT gain overview and may offer diagnostic advice for specific pupils
• Teachers report to parents
Support and Challenge
mahsIt is our policy to support and develop the mathematical skills of all children. Children who experience difficulties or are recognised as able, are identified by their teacher, and support/challenge discussed at the Pupil Support Group and during moderation meetings. Learning Support can be for individual children using; for groups or for classes. Children in the upper stages are set according to ability and pace of work in maths. Where children have dyslexic difficulties, teachers adapt their teaching to support.
Homework
All children are given weekly maths homework and record tasks from the following programme:
Heinemann Homelink or Teejay 
Maths Parent Prompts
Maths games or activities (SHM for P1-P3)
Parental Involvement
We recognise that many of our new parents are not confident in supporting maths at home. For this reason we offer a workshop for parents in Primary 1 and provide Maths Home ideas booklets for Early and First Level to our Primary 1 and 2 parents.