Welcome to the Dunkirk Maths page!
At Dunkirk Primary School we LOVE maths! We are committed to creating lifelong mathematicians who can achieve whatever they want in life. Whether they want to be an astronaut, doctor, builder or whatever their dream job may be, we passionately believe that maths should not be a barrier.
Our staff fully believe that every child can be a maths master and we achieve this by:
- Rejecting the idea that some people ‘just can’t do maths’.
- All pupils are encouraged by the belief that if they work hard they can achieve in maths.
- Pupils are taught through whole class teaching where all pupils work together on the same lesson content at the same time.
- Quick and early intervention helps close the gaps.
- Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem.
- Intelligent practice that reinforces fluency and develops conceptual understanding is essential.
- Significant time is spent deepening knowledge of key ideas.
- Key facts, such as multiplication and additive facts are learnt to automaticity.
We have recently started using a new maths scheme which supports the idea of maths mastery. Power Maths is a whole class mastery programme designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help nurture confidence in maths.
Meet the Power Maths characters:
Each lesson is structured around a whole class interactive teaching model that focuses on ALL children
deepening their understanding of maths concepts and confidence in maths.
Every lesson follows the same structure:
Discover - children explore a maths problem using what they already know.
Share - children share their success or failure and crucially they explain why this happened.
Think Together- the class teacher then teaches the next small step in their learning to enable them to be
Practise - armed with this knowledge children then practise this new skill.
Reflect - children reason about their learning by answering a question that requires them to explain how or
why they achieved an answer.
All lessons contain the following elements to ensure that mastery is achieved:
Lessons typically build on previous learning and make small steps of progression. This allows all children to access the curriculum and ensures that learning is completely embedded before moving on.
Representation and Structure
Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught. Children are encouraged to think about the efficiency of their preferred method allowing them to decide if this is the best way to solve a calculation.
If taught ideas are to be understood deeply, they must not merely be passively received but must be worked on by the student: thought about, reasoned with and discussed with others.
Quick and efficient recall of facts and procedures and the flexibility to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
To help children with fluency we have bought into Times Tables Rock Stars and Numbots to help children practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a fun and engaging way at home. Please talk to your class teacher to find out your child's username and login.
Variation is twofold. It is firstly about how the teacher represents the small step being taught, often in more than one way, to draw attention to critical aspects, and to develop deep and holistic understanding. It is also about the sequencing of the episodes, activities and exercises used within a lesson and follow up practice, paying attention to what is kept the same and what changes, to connect the mathematics and draw attention to mathematical relationships and structure. This step is crucial in allowing children to truly master maths!
We hope you are as excited about your child's Maths learning journey as we are! If you need any help in supporting your child at home, or you would just like to know more about Maths at Dunkirk please feel free to talk to your class teacher!