North Elmham CEVC Primary School
Stibbard All Saints CEVA Primary School
Maths Subject Statement
The Intention of our Maths Curriculum: To empower all children to be confident and motivated with maths and have a sound understanding of how it applies to life.
Implementation of the Maths Curriculum: In each daily lesson all children are given the opportunity to develop the three fundamentals of maths: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. They will do this through discussion, group and independent work and open-ended investigations. Activities, tasks and work are selected appropriately to meet the needs of the children. Learning is scaffolded by a variety of manipulatives and strategies to engage all children.
The mastery approach is applied through teaching topics in blocks, following the White Rose Maths scheme of work, and only moving on when a sufficient number of children have achieved the objectives, using intervention programmes to support children where needed. A ‘can-do’ mindset can be found in every class as mastery teaching enables children to access and broaden their maths learning through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods.
Smart Practice maths is completed when children arrive at school. This involves a short, fluent activity to support learning for the lesson that day - 3 times a week. While teachers also plan for children to answer 5 calculation-based questions during this time to consolidate and recap learning - 2 times a week.
Questioning is used to extend children and broaden their knowledge in maths. Children are given carefully targeted questions that challenge them throughout each lesson. These may include: How do you know? What do you notice? What’s the same and what’s different? Can you convince me? (verbal, written, drawing or using manipulatives) Is there another way? (variation theory) How can you be sure you’ve found all the combinations?
We believe that it is paramount for children of all ages to use concrete resources to support them with their maths learning, often to initially help them grasp a concept and perhaps to extend children to find another way of showing an answer. Teachers ensure that there is a wide variety of maths manipulatives for children to use and you will often see children helping themselves to these: Numicon, bead strings, lolly sticks / straws, Base 10, counters, place value counters / grids / charts, Objects / toys, multi-link cubes, fraction blocks / circles, 100 square / multiplication grids.
The Impact: A greater number of pupils will reach age-related expectations. An increasing number of children will enjoy the challenges of maths and grow in confidence in this subject.