We aim for the children to understand and be able to use the fundamentals of Mathematics. We teach children to reason mathematically and develop the thinking skills to allow them to solve problems which are the skills we feel make Mathematics relevant to life outside the classroom. We aim to foster an enjoyment and enthusiasm for Mathematics in lessons. The main focus areas (following the 2014 National Curriculum) are Number (includes place value, + - x ÷, fractions, decimals, percentages and algebra), Measurement, Geometry (includes properties of shape, position and direction), Statistics (ability to interpret and present data, ratio and proportion).
In the Foundation Stage, the children work towards the Early Learning Goals in the areas of Mathematics which comprise Number, Shape, Space and Measures. This is taught in a multitude of ways, inside and outside the classroom, through play and through specific teacher-led activities.
Our Reception class and Key Stage 1 use a combination of schemes to ensure that we approach each mathematical strand in a variety of different ways.
In Key Stage 2, we use the White Rose Maths scheme as a spine for our teaching. Teachers have freedom to select the most appropriate resources for each group of children to ensure that they can access the work and have problems presented in a variety of ways.
Throughout the school our children follow the Concrete-Pictorial-Abstract (CPA) method to embed key techniques and strategies and to allow them to apply their knowledge to different problems and contexts. A range of questioning techniques allows them to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and to explore maths in a way that goes beyond rote learning.
Our curriculum is supported with a range of online interactive Maths programs to encourage the children in and out of school to practise and further develop their skills and love of Mathematics. We use Maths Seeds in Reception and KS1 before the children move on to Mathletics and TTRockstars in KS2. All of these software programmes allow children to practice and apply learning beyond the classroom.
We know the children need to enjoy Mathematics, find it fun and learn to problem-solve through exciting and interesting challenges both inside and outside the classroom and across the whole curriculum. For this reason the whole school uses NRich and NCETM resources to provide opportunity for children to reason and explain their understanding.
Regular visitors from the local community come in to school to show how they use maths in the careers and set up challenges for the children to complete, providing context for learning.