We have chosen the White Rose as our programme of study for Mathematics as although we have low percentages of pupils with access to Pupil Premium grant we have a growing number of pupils with SEND as well as a large percentage of pupils with English as an additional language (EAL). Therefore we introduced the White Rose Programme as a way of supporting those pupils who have not had access to concrete and symbolic play as well as those who need an approach that supports them with the development of language and vocabulary. This planning framework also enables pupils to develop their practise, reasoning and problem solving skills.
In every Mathematics lesson we ensure our pupils experience/engage with the concrete, through to the pictorial, through to the symbolic approach to learning. Our schemes of work, the planning, and delivery are based on this approach. The maths activities in every class will offer an open endedness approach to questioning (what if?) which gives all pupils the opportunity to explore, ask questions, be creative, problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of everyday real life problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down information into a series of simpler steps and persevering in looking for clues and seeking solutions.
This approach will improve maths vocabulary and language. Pupils develop accuracy, specificity, problem solving skills and strategies which will lead to improved outcomes in both progress and attainment in mathematics. With lessons that allow all pupils to explore mathematics through the concrete, pictorial and abstract, pupils will become fluent in the fundamentals. With varied and frequent practice, pupils will develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. As pupil’s knowledge develops, they will also be able to reason mathematically. Pupils will develop a love for mathematics and skills for life as they acquire knowledge that will remain in their long term memory.