Maths Curriculum Intent Statement:
For every child to develop as independent, confident and successful learners with high aspirations to achieve in mathematics. We are focused on ensuring children have a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. Our primary objective is for the children to become confident, fluent and agile mathematicians. From Early Years the children are introduced to number and calculating, and this is constantly taught and practised until the end of Year 6. The children apply these strong number skills to problems which they are able to solve with solid reasoning. These skills are taught so they are naturally transferrable to everyday life and meaningful to the children.
Our curriculum intent includes planned opportunities to:
- Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion
- Ensure children have access to a high-quality maths curriculum that is both enjoyable and challenging
- Provide children with activities that enable them to make connections between concepts and explore at a greater depth
- Develop mathematical knowledge, skills and vocabulary
- Develop mental maths skills including recall of basic number facts
- Promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system
- Develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts including through other curriculum lessons
- Explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts
- Understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life and be given the opportunity to apply what they have learnt to real life situations
- Develop independence and inquisitive minds
Maths Curriculum Implementation:
The maths curriculum follows the National Curriculum objectives for each year group. We use ‘Times Table Rockstars’, ‘The 99 club’ and ‘Big Maths CLIC’ tests to develop children’s mental and written mathematical skills. Calculation policies ensure progression throughout the school in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division methods and provide staff with a clear picture about what has learnt before and what will be covered next. We ensure there are opportunities to develop maths skills through many other curriculum areas, when planning theme questions opportunities to further apply maths skills are included on medium term plans.
The school is well equipped with resources to support the teaching of Maths. Children have constant access to and are able to use a range of concrete apparatus during lessons to scaffold and extend their learning. Monitoring of the curriculum area is carried out by the Senior Leadership Team as well as the subject lead. Regular learning walks, observations, pupil progress meetings, book looks, termly assessments, Insight and discussions with pupils all form part of the monitoring schedule.
There are regular whole school competitions held internally for all children. Number facts and times tables are encouraged to be learnt at home with home learning being supported by our subscription to Times Tables Rockstars. Each class also has a maths challenge area with relevant challenges which the children can either complete in the class or at home.
If you have any further questions on the teaching and learning of Maths at Mickleton, please do not hesitate to contact the school, where a member of staff would be more than happy to assist!