Our Maths Vision
At Offmore Primary School, we believe that every child can become a competent mathematician and every member of staff will provide the means to reach this status. We deliver a Maths curriculum which inspires and motivates children to love Maths and enable them to fulfil their personal ambitions and career goals in an ever-changing world, where they can contribute positively to society in their future.
As teaching and support staff, we reach this goal by:
- providing stimulating and purposeful learning opportunities
- giving a real-life context to the skills and knowledge being taught, through our topics
- being enthusiastic and demonstrating our love of maths
- taking risks, making mistakes and learning from them
- using and expecting the correct use of mathematical vocabulary
- providing a balance of concrete, pictorial and abstract teaching resources and strategies across all concepts
- facilitating collaborative learning where children can explore, challenge and justify their understanding
- using rigorous, formative assessment to support and challenge the children effectively.
To achieve this, the children will:
- relish their mistakes and use them as a learning point
- actively engage in the learning journey by questioning, challenging and exploring new concepts
- seek and understand links between their own experiences, the real world and the learning journey in school
- be ambitious about what they can achieve by challenging themselves and each other courteously
- work collaboratively and share their understanding using the correct mathematical vocabulary
- use concrete, pictorial and abstract representations to explain their understanding across mathematical concepts
- practise and take pride in their mental arithmetic knowledge and in its application to the wider curriculum
- have fun and love maths.
Maths skill progression at Offmore
Power Maths is a mastery approach to Maths which compliments our vision for growth mindset and nurtures the love of Maths using carefully selected questions which progress in expectation. This includes the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract tasks to establish, embed and secure new concepts from year 1 to year 6.
The programme promotes mistake-making and reasoning through tasks and the introduction of Power Maths Pals, who each possess different qualities needed to tackle problems effectively.
These Power Maths Pals grow up alongside the children to make them relatable throughout school life.
Meet the Power Maths Pals
Ash - KS1 Flo - KS1 Astrid - KS1 Dexter - KS1
Ash - LKS2 Flo - LKS2 Astrid - LKS2 Dexter - LKS2
Ash - UKS2 Flo - UKS2 Astrid - UKS2 Dexter - UKS2
We recently participated in 'Math's Week England'. This meant showing off our amazing Times Table knowledge.
It was decided that the class with the highest Rock Star score for that week would be the lucky recipients of a Pizza Party. By Thursday it was evident the battle was between Kestrels and Woodpeckers with Kestrels eventually winning on Friday. It was a great effort from all. Offmore definitely rocked!
On Friday 5th April we launched the programme across school by dressing up as rock stars and having a teachers vs. children times tables competition.
For your child to be able to log in to Times Tables Rock Stars, please follow the link below and type in the given username and password.
Your child will be able to practise their times tables on their own in readiness to take part in competitions against their friends and as part of a band in the Battle of the Bands competitions!
Every Thursday, some children from attend Maths Club. We have been integrating Maths with Art in these sessions to create optical illusions, mosaics, mazes and Celtic symbols, as well as solving problems which involve a much deeper level of understanding.