Maths

“Maths is how we describe our world when words are not enough. Everyone deserves to speak maths and to play maths, to enjoy its beauty and its power.”– Geoff White

Intent

Mathematics equips pupils with uniquely powerful ways to describe, analyse and change the world. It can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder for all pupils when they solve a problem for the first time, discover a solution, or notice hidden connections. Maths provides pupils with the skills and knowledge to problem solve in everyday life.

We aim for our pupils to

  • become fluent in all aspects of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems;

  • solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions;

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and providing justification or proof using mathematical language;

  • Have a thorough understanding of times tables to enable them to make links across the maths curriculum.

By the end of year 6, we intend that our pupils have a thorough knowledge of number and the interchanging operations of addition and subtraction, multiplication and division as well as the ability to select the most efficient method to solve any problem.

 

Implementation

Our Nursery and Reception classes follow the EYFS framework giving a solid foundation in number and numerical patterns.

Key Stage 1 and 2 follow the White Rose Maths planning framework and teachers use the associated resources to supplement learning. Units of learning cover all areas of mathematics including geometry, measure, statistics and number.

We provide opportunities for pupils to practise key skills using a variety of concrete, pictorial and abstract activities, moving from the concrete to the abstract. In addition, all pupils follow a mental maths challenge, completing times tables and other mental maths objectives using our bespoke ‘Top of the pops’ top 40 challenges with progression matched to the national curriculum. This learning is further supported by the use of ‘Times tables Rockstars’ and ‘Prodigy’ which all pupils from year 2 – 6 have access to. All pupils also have access to Numbots for addition and subtraction and Mathletics for home learning.

 

Impact

The impact of our maths curriculum is measured through White Rose Maths end of block assessments and NTS end of term assessments as well as through book looks and triangulation. Pupils in year 2 and 6 will complete the end of Key Stage SATs and year 4 will complete the multiplication Check.