The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement.
We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The aims of our Mathematics curriculum are that all learners:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. In 2019/20 we are working in conjunction with the Maths Hubs to research and implement strategies to support children improve with the deciphering of word problems. We aim for children to be able to read, understand and use vocabulary to support consistently and our Vocabulary Policy assists with this.
We use a range of online programmes to support children online and in school. Yearly RockStars competitions are held to encourage the recall and fluency of times tables. We also enter other national maths competitions.
The impact of our Mathematics curriculum is that children show a good recall and fluency and are happy and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. They are able to use what they have learnt across other learning areas. Some pupils will have a greater depth of understanding. We carefully monitor to ensure pupils are on track to reach the expectations. Along with evidence in books and from lessons, assessment weeks are held termly using Assertive Mentoring, to inform teachers’ decisions and to pin point gaps in children’s learning. Interventions are run to support children further through pre-teaching or recapping the learning in lessons. We also believe that pupil voice is a very useful tool for assessment. By asking pupils questions such as what they enjoyed and what they learnt, we are able to view the impact of their learning experiences.