If you’ve been researching methods and resources to help your children learn maths at home, you’ll no doubt have come across White Rose Maths. It offers primary maths resources designed to help teachers enhance their maths lessons and parents to encourage home learning.
But in addition to resources, it also offers a scheme of learning designed to turn all children into masters of maths. By following this scheme of learning, children can develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. They’ll be able to tackle number problems and progress through the national curriculum with confidence. The White Rose Maths motto is that “Everyone can do maths!” and we wholeheartedly agree.
As big believers of the maths mastery approach ourselves, our primary maths resources are designed to be used alongside the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. And with this guide to using White Rose Maths in your home learning, you can help your children become masters of maths.
The White Rose Maths Curriculum
The White Rose Maths curriculum aligns perfectly with the national curriculum so that children progress through important lessons and meet Key Stage 1 and 2 learning objectives.
The curriculum designed by White Rose Maths is split into schemes of learning for each year group. These schemes of learning break down what children should learn in each week of each term to master and build upon their foundational maths skills and learn in line with the national curriculum.
The schemes of learning are structured to ensure children grasp the fundamental concepts of mathematics before building their understanding and moving on to more advanced concepts.
Why Use White Rose Maths in Your Home Learning?
The primary schemes of learning are designed for teachers of children in Years 1-6 to follow throughout the school year. However, there’s no reason why you can’t use these year group-specific schedules to structure your home-learning sessions. Following the White Rose Maths curriculum, both at home and at school, can help children on their journey to maths mastery. White Rose Maths gives a meaningful structure to children’s education and encourages deep learning with different activities and resources.
The White Rose Maths curriculum encourages the CPA approach (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract), teaching children a deeper understanding of maths problems. So resources used for White Rose Maths home learning should help children to visualise, describe and experiment with mathematical concepts, ultimately improving their mathematical fluency.
Many schools also follow the White Rose Maths framework, so sticking to this approach to learning during home-learning sessions can give children consistency in their education and encourage deeper learning. You can make sure your little ones stick to the curriculum, even during extra-curricular learning activities, and progress at the same rate as their classmates.
Choosing Resources for White Rose Maths Home Learning
Structure Home Lessons With White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning
While the White Rose Maths curriculum gives you the freedom to structure individual lessons in any way you choose, it’s important to follow the schemes of learning to make sure children don’t run before they can walk, so to speak. Learning foundational knowledge before tackling more advanced or complex lessons is important for building children’s confidence and ensuring academic success.
Find Resources That Support the Mastery Approach
When choosing resources for White Rose Maths home learning, it’s important to choose learning materials that support the mastery approach. To develop a lasting understanding of concepts, children need to practice their maths skills through fluency, reasoning and problem-solving activities.
Encourage Deeper Learning With Differentiated Resources
With differentiated tasks, children can delve deeper into mathematical concepts and explore more complex maths problems. Master the Curriculum resources are differentiated by complexity, not by number, so children can develop fluency before moving on to more challenging maths problems, and progress steadily through the curriculum.
Combining tasks of different types and levels of difficulties can keep lessons interesting and fresh and boost children’s confidence in tackling different types of problems.
Choose On-Topic Learning Resources
You’ll also need to make sure resources are aligned with the White Rose Maths curriculum. For example, the scheme of learning for Year 1 dedicates weeks 1-3 of the first term to learning place value to 20. So during home-learning sessions, children should use resources that focus on place value within 20.
Mix Up Your Learning Materials
To help children remain engaged with resources and lessons, it’s a good idea to mix up the types of learning materials you use. For example, one day you might complete maths worksheets with your children; the next, you might apply their lessons to an active maths game, or get them talking about maths with vocabulary cards. There are so many different types of resources and methods of learning you can use for each topic your child is studying.
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