At Leighton Academy we are passionate about mathematics and regard it as an essential tool for everyday life. The school uses a scheme called Power Maths that encourages mastery, which is recommended by the Department of Education. A daily maths lesson allows each child to benefit from concrete, pictorial and abstract experiences in order to cement their knowledge and build confidence in all areas of mathematics.
The scheme challenges appropriately in each year group by using a variation approach to learning. This allows children to apply their existing knowledge during the initial discovery of a concept followed by applying new learning in problem solving and reasoning. Samples of children's work can be seen below.
Teaching is centred around developing a positive attitude, resilience and competence in mathematical concepts and skills. Underpinning this, children build further confidence in understanding number, place value and calculating in addition to the Power Maths scheme through weekly arithmetic sessions. Collectively, these mathematical concepts and skills are also applied across the curriculum to support real life, such as within the 'Bentley Goblin Race Car' STEM project, in addition to making links in science where children can clearly see that 'Maths has a purpose'.
We encourage the children to have an initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others. We give children the opportunities to explore and find answers of their own, giving them the passion to becoming deep logical mathematicians. We expect our children to justify their conclusions through oral and written methods.
We believe that reinforcement and embedding skills is key to raising standards. For this reason, all children have access to 'Mathletics' at home, which is designed to expose, embed and challenge children to the curriculum linked to learning. In addition, children in years 2 to 6 are encouraged to build and retain fluency in securing their times tables through 'Times Tables Rock Stars' at home in readiness for more complex problem solving.
The children are taught in accordance with the National Curriculum; please use the following link to find out more about National Expectations for each year group.