At Phoenix Academy, we follow the White Rose Maths hub scheme. This is a mastery and block approach to teaching maths, that ensures children engage and are immersed in a block before they are moved on. This has helped our children develop a greater understanding of a topic and confidence levels have continued to grow. Alongside using the scheme, we also use the end of block assessments as a cold and hot tasks. This will indicate any previous knowledge and any gaps at the end of the unit. At the end of every term, White Rose assessments are used alongside GL assessments to give a standardised score and indicate the amount of progress that has been made that term.
Children are given the opportunity to practice and master the skills they have been taught. We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum and high quality teaching to produce individuals who are numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.
Teaching and Learning styles
Teachers use a range of teaching strategies to engage the children in maths and ensure progress is made by all children within a class; no set formula is used.
Sometimes the focus for a session is new learning, at other times pupils may be practising to master the application of a concept they have learned earlier. The focus of the session may vary for different children depending on their learning needs.
Teachers plan learning that is differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils. Teachers endeavour to differentiate learning appropriately for high attaining, middle attaining and low attaining pupils. Differentiation may also be shown through the use of rich mathematical tasks.
Children are given extra support, in addition to the daily maths lesson, if required.