Maths Curriculum Intent
Our aim is to nurture children ‘towards a better life’ by providing a richly inspiring curriculum, suitable for all. They will be motivated by their school experience to achieve their personal potential in readiness for the next chapter in their lives. We challenge children to strive for academic, creative, sporting and personal accomplishment within a broad and balanced curriculum. Our twelve core Values underpin everything we do within our inclusive school, where diversity is celebrated and children are taught to be members of the local, national and international community.
The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their mathematics
At Maulden Lower school, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts.
We make cross-curricular links with our termly topics. Through our Creative Curriculum, the teaching of mathematics is extended beyond the daily mathematics lesson. Links are made, where relevant and purposeful, between our topics and mathematics. This allows children the opportunity to apply mathematical skills and concepts, as well as enabling children to see that mathematics is part of everyday life.
We strive for all children to develop an enthusiastic, creative and resilient attitude towards mathematics and to experience success in the subject that will stay with them throughout their lives.
Maths Curriculum Implementation
At Maulden lower school we follow the White Rose Scheme of learning from Reception to the end of Year 4. White Rose is a combined ‘Mastery’ and ‘Spiralled’ scheme. We spend longer on topics to gain a deeper understanding with the aim of mastering mathematical concepts. We understand that spending a longer period of time on a topic doesn’t mean all pupils will ‘master’ it the first time they see it and will therefore need to revisit and reinforce in other year groups and in different contexts.
The majority of children progress through the curriculum content at the same pace. Differentiation is achieved by individual support, intervention and opportunities to develop a deeper understanding by reasoning and problem solving.
We allow for opportunities to address misconceptions and we challenge pupils to spot, explain and correct errors. This may be based on true/false explanations, spotting and correcting mistakes in a mathematical procedure or agreeing or disagreeing with a statement and explaining why.
Maths in the Early Years
Children in Reception follow the White Rose scheme of learning which underpins the Educational Programme of Mathematics (DFE March 2021) providing a curriculum that embeds mathematical thinking and talk.. Key mathematical concepts are taught, revisited and developed across the year. The scheme is divided into ten phases and provides a variety of opportunities to develop understanding of number, shape, measure and spatial thinking.
Maths in Key Stage One
Our daily maths lessons follow the White Rose small steps and are usually 1 hour in length and begin with an oral starter or a Flashback starter revisiting concepts previously taught in the past week, month or term. Children have access to Numbots to play at home which work on key number skills. In the summer term of Year one and continuing into Year 2 the children will complete weekly number bond, number facts and times tables challenges in which the children progress when they score 100%. The aim of these challenges is for quicker recall of number facts to apply to mathematical concepts and procedures.
Maths in Lower Key Stage Two
Our daily maths lessons follow the White Rose small steps and are usually 1 hour in length and begin with an oral starter or a Flashback starter revisiting concepts previously taught in the past week, month or term. Children have access to TTRockstars to play at home which work on times table facts. In Year 3 and 4 the children complete a times table and inverse challenge in which the children progress when they score 100%. The aim of these challenges is for quicker recall of times table and division facts so that by the end of Year 4 children are confident with times tables up to 12 x 12.
In both Key stages children will have the opportunity to practise varied fluency using the CPA approach and support is determined during each lesson to ensure secure understanding and challenge is visible where children are asked to reason and prove their understanding at a deeper level.
Children complete an end of block assessment to determine any areas which need intervention. At the end of each term children complete an assessment which covers all areas which have been covered that term.
Maths Curriculum Impact
By the time children leave Year 4 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals in mathematics with the ability to recall and apply their knowledge. Children will be able to use their skills to solve problems by applying their maths in a variety of situations. Children will be able to reason mathematically and be able to justify and prove using mathematical language.
In order for this to happen, the Maths lead, the Head teacher and the Senior Leadership Team take responsibility for the monitoring of the Mathematics curriculum and the standards achieved by the children. The Maths lead will monitor for appropriate pitch and progression at least once every half term.
This monitoring takes the form of:
- Lesson observations and feedback;
- Learning walks and pupil voice conversations;
- Planning scrutiny followed by support where necessary;
- Book scrutiny on a termly basis;
- All teachers contribute to pupil progress meetings with the head teacher where Target Tracker data is analysed and intervention and next steps are put in place for children not making expected progress.
- Moderation within the FARM cluster
- Transition opportunities for our Year 4 pupils, as well as staff, to engage with Alameda Middle School
Please click here for a pdf with more information.
We follow the White Rose Scheme of Learning.
Please click here to see our calculation policy which was designed with the local lower and middle schools. This will explain the way in which we teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and how this progresses as your child moves through the school.
This guide explains what your child will be learning in each year group in further detail.
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