The mathematics is not there, until we put it there - Arthur Eddington.
What is the intent of our Maths curriculum?
Here at St Margaret’s CE Junior School, we recognise what a high quality mathematics curriculum can offer to our pupils.
All pupils are entitled to a maths curriculum, enabling them to become competent and independent mathematicians. At St Margaret’s CE Junior School, we help all children develop the skills and processes necessary to use Maths as part of their everyday lives. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We teach skills through context, providing purpose and meaning, making mathematical experiences enjoyable, practical, relevant and realistic. This helps children to develop a positive attitude towards Maths and develop the ability to work independently with confidence in their work.
When teaching mathematics at St Margaret’s, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for all the needs of all individuals. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality activities which focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete fashion, before establishing ways of pictorially and formally representing their understanding. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience, as one of our main school values, and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. We want pupils to build a deep conceptual understanding of concepts which will enable them to apply their learning in different situations.
Through mathematical talk, children will develop their ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking. We will provide the children with the necessary resources to allow all children to access the curriculum and encourage them to use this where appropriate to explain their logic and reasoning.
By following the White Rose Maths scheme, it enables us to confidently ensure that our children develop a Mastery in Mathematics. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. We believe that all children can achieve in mathematics.
As our pupils progress, we intent for them to able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
How do we implement our Maths curriculum?
We follow the White Rose Scheme from Year 3 – 6. There is also a daily Maths Fluency session to develop fluency and practise key numeracy skills. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon their learning. To ensure consistency between our classes, all classes use the yearly overview for the relevant year group. White Rose promotes blocks of learning to allow children the time to fully master a concept before moving on. To ensure that key skills taught early in the year are not forgotten by the end, long term plans for each year group indicate when concepts should be revisited, either through a ten-minute discreet session or during the daily maths lesson as appropriate. Throughout the school, displays including working walls provide a rich osmosis for learning. A weekly 99 club in each year group ensures that we are regularly practicing our times tables. The 99 Club is a mental-oral starter at St Margaret’s which aims to raise standards in maths through encouraging pupils to improve their mental calculations when attempting quick-fire multiplication and division problems.
The idea is that with repeated practice, the scheme is resulting in increased speed and confidence when tackling mental maths problems without relying on written workings and methods.
All pupils begin 11 Club and work their way up, having one opportunity per week during the start of one of their maths lessons to answer all calculations at their current level unaided and within the allotted time of five minutes. If all of the calculations are answered correctly twice in a row, the child moves up to the next level.
How do we assess the impact of our Maths curriculum?
We are guided by the National Curriculum for Mathematics which aim to ensure that all pupils in our school.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Key concept and skills – how are we going to get there?
Our children will have a knowledge and understanding of:
• Number and Place Value and rounding
• Addition and Subtraction
• Multiplication and Division
• Decimals (from Year 4)
• Percentages (from Year 5)
• Properties of Shapes
• Position, direction and movement
• Ratio and proportion (from Year 6)
Our children will be able to:
Recall a range of number facts fluently and automatically
Consider a range of problems, work out the steps needed and apply the appropriate mathematics to solve them
Use a range of concrete materials to support their calculation, reasoning and to provide proof.
Learn without limits, making cross-curricular links to secure application and mastery.
The curriculum we have planned will:
Ensure continuity and progression across key stages, focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving, deepening knowledge and understanding, supported by robust assessment
Encourage enquiry and the ability to use high-order vocabulary, questioning, curiosity and communication
Ensure that children acquire the skills and knowledge needed for future life-long learning
Why do we want our pupils to love maths?
Mathematics introduces children to concepts, skills and thinking strategies that are essential in everyday life and support learning across the curriculum. It helps children make sense of the numbers, patterns and shapes they see in the world around them, offers ways of handling data in an increasingly digital world and makes a crucial contribution to their development as successful learners.
Mathematics offers children a powerful way of communicating. They learn to explore and explain their ideas using symbols, diagrams and spoken and written language. They start to discover how mathematics has developed over time and contributes to our economy, society and culture. Studying mathematics stimulates curiosity, fosters creativity and equips children with the skills they need in life beyond school.
Children who struggle with Maths often tell us that they don’t like it, and can’t do it and this attitude can act as a barrier to them learning. Our aim is to change this attitude and this perception. If children can learn to enjoy and have fun with Maths then we feel that their confidence will rapidly increase and they will see themselves as people who can be successful at Maths.
Time Table Rock Stars
TTRS is used throughout St Margaret's, in our intervention slots and for home learning. We will be having weekend battles between classes to encourage children to be practicing their times tables in a fun and engaging way.
Games that your children can play to help their maths skills: