Primary Core Team
Mathematics and English are core subjects. Therefore it is essential that teaching & learning in mathematics and English is consistent throughout school to ensure we maintain high standards in learning & progress.
Our English Vision
We endeavour to ensure that all children will approach maths with confidence and determination and feel comfortable to make mistakes and learn from them. We share our problems and find a solution together.
In English we want our children to:
- Use and apply a variety of reading skills and techniques.
- Unlock imaginations, express emotions & paint the world with words.
- Be a Storyteller, be an Author, be a Speaker, be an Actor;
- Literacy is the foundation of life!
- Foster a love, desire and enthusiasm for reading.
Core English Aims
- To set pupils appropriate and challenging learning activities and give them the opportunity to learn in ways that maximise their success.
- To create a stimulating and exciting environment to enrich pupils learning.
- To provide pupils with an English curriculum which will produce individuals who are competent, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident.
- To ensure learning in English is engaging, relevant and meaningful and allows pupils to progress and achieve.
- To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for reading, writing and communication.
Primary Core Team
Verity Fowlis, Justine Kellett, Elaine Gauld, Joan Connor, Wendy Parkinson, Becky Wilmott, Elaine Baron, Ruth Moss
Mathematics Mastery at Queen’s Park CE / URC Primary School
Mathematics Mastery is an engaging and accessible style of mathematics teaching, inspired by Singapore and Shanghai. The approach is designed to enhance understanding and enjoyment, as well as raise attainment for every child.
The programme we follow pulls together many established ideas and methods into one rigorous teaching approach.
We encourage children to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Mathematical concepts are explored in a variety of representations and problem-solving contexts to give pupils a richer and deeper learning experience.
Rationale: At Queen’s Park we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential. In mathematics this means ensuring a curriculum that is fully inclusive of all children which:
- Develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Mathematical concepts whilst enabling them to practise and hone skills and methods;
- Enables them to think critically and communicate their understanding;
- Gives them opportunities to apply learnt mathematical skills in different contexts across the curriculum.
- Provides opportunities to develop problem solving skills useful for maths and across the curriculum.
National Curriculum aims for Mathematics
At Queen’s Park School, we follow the national curriculum for mathematics, which aims to ensure that, all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The principles of maths teaching for mastery
At Queen's Park, we aim to work to the following principles:
- All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed.
- Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
Core team meetings
These are our focus items for the Spring and Summer terms:
- Introduce 'Times Tables Rockstars' to all year groups across the school.
- Hold a week of maths assemblies in June. These assemblies will showcase how maths is purposeful in most career options, e.g. we will invite engineers, chefs, business managers, mechanics, retail workers, etc to come in to school and talk to the children about the importance of maths in their jobs.
- Percy Parker - children will listen to fun times tables raps and songs during their lunch breaks in the dinner hall.