Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem-solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life, many forms of employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy,the environment and development, and in public decision-making. Different cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics. Today, the subject transcends cultural boundaries and its importance is universally recognised. Mathematics is a creative discipline. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder when a pupil solves a problem for the first time, discovers a more elegant solution to that problem, or suddenly sees hidden connections.
What is a maths meeting?
What is it:
- 15 minutes daily arithmetic/maths facts/vocabulary/mental maths on top of and before the maths
lesson. This could be timestables, fractions facts or place value. Children will devlop clear routines and will be able to run the lesson without support from the teacher.
- The content is drawn from the 2014 National Curriculum. This teaches children exactly what they need to know and how to apply it. Extra information is gathered from assessments and class work.
- Very little NEW stuff is taught, children build up routines to answer questions independently. This allow children to build confidence.
- The session is fast and pacey, every child answers ever question and is therefore responsible for their own learning.
2014 is a knowledge based curriculum, There is a need to ensure key maths, mathematical vocabulary, mental maths and arithmetic
knowledge and skills are learned; that they stick and continue to be practised so that children develop automacity which enables them to access more complex content; to problem solve and to reason.
Maths meetings have led to progress scores of +4 over ks2 with 100% of pupils in some cohorts reaching expected levels in schools that use them. Math’s Meetings are transformational because they use what neuroscience teaches us about the forgetting curve and the spacing effect.