Numeracy is well taught across the curriculum and progress in mathematics is improving
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the World. We want all pupils at Pittville School to experience
the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject.
At Pittville, we have high expectations for all students, foster positive ‘can do’ attitudes and believe all pupils can and will achieve in mathematics by providing opportunities for all pupils to develop the depth and rigour they need to make secure and sustained progress over time. We reject the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. All students are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at mathematics they can succeed and that making mistakes is to be seen not as a failure but as a valuable opportunity for new learning. We fully embrace the principles of Teaching for Mastery and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts not tricks/rules with no meaning. Our Head of Faculty is an NCETM Maths Hub Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialist and the school is proud to be a strategic partner of the GLOW Maths Hub.
More information can be found on the curriculum documents.
A set of ‘Mastering Maths @ Pittville’ classroom norms have been developed by the Faculty based on the national NCETM Teaching for Mastery 5 Big Ideas and principles These norms provide the framework to support lesson design across the Faculty to ensure all students have the same mathematical experience and they are also shared with students in each classroom. The Faculty is committed to supporting and challenging each other through the process of collaborative planning and all teachers are have the same slot on their timetable to facilitate this important process
Lessons are designed to have a high-level of teacher-student and student-student interaction where all students in the class are thinking about, working
on and discussing the same mathematical content. Challenge and the opportunity to deepen understanding of the key mathematical ideas is provided for
all through rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content.
- Students are Mathematically Coherent
- Students understand Mathematical Structure
- Students are mathematically fluent
By discussing appropriate methods, strategies and approaches, students work efficiently, accurately and flexibly.
- Students Think Mathematically
- Students are resilient
How can parents help the students and the Maths Faculty?
Research shows that statements such as 'I was never any good at maths', 'I don't have a maths brain', etc have an immediate negative impact on the progress of learners. Statements such as 'I had to work hard to understand maths' help foster a positive #YesUCan mindset.