During the 2018/18 academic year, Drapers starting using the White Rose Maths curriculum. We chose to change to this curriculum as it promotes problem solving and reasoning skills across all year groups.
Not only this, but Drapers also started using the ‘FARM’ planning system within lessons. This stands for;
Fluency- this is the practise element of the lesson, where the child will embed a new skill and ber able to use it fluently.
E.g. 13 + 8 = ??
Application – this is the part of the lesson where the child will apply the skill that they have just learned in a real life, or different context.
E.g. ‘If I have 12 apples and buy 10 more, how many will I have altogether?’.
Reasoning – this is the part of the lesson where the child has to really prove that they have understood the skill that they have been taught through reasoning and explanation.
E.g. True or false? 15 + 9 is the same as 9 + 15. Explain your reasoning.
Mastery – when a child reaches mastery level, this means that they have a solid understanding of the context and should be able to apply their understanding in any context.
E.g. __ + __ + __ = 19. How many combinations can you come up with?
Through teaching with this model, we are ensuring the maximum amount of understanding within lessons.
Here is an example of a Year 2 book;
We have also started to use Maths Passports at Drapers. The underlying core point of the Maths Passport is to develop ‘mastery’ of basic number, place value and the four operations. Mastery is defined as having knowledge that can be recalled quickly and accurately, so that higher order problems to be solved efficiently and correctly.
In some regards the passport is independent of the curricular specifications from any one country because it focuses on gaining the good basic knowledge of the four operations upon which all other maths is built. In short, it’s just good Mathematics!
The children complete 15 minutes of Maths Passports every day, where they endeavour to complete a range of age appropriate targets, and master them, in order to ‘fly’ to the next country on the map.
They can then earn a certificate, like the one below, which will be sent home with them.
Use these videos to learn how to complete calculations and answer questions.
Useful websites for HOME LEARNING
You will find links to all of the available booklets BELOW. If you do not know what level your child is working at in maths or what their individual targets are, please contact your child’s class teacher who will be happy to share this information with you.