Our main aims in teaching Mathematics are:
- To secure the three main aims of the national Curriculum by showing an ability to show fluency in their work, solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
- To encourage all pupil's competence and confidence in their mathematical abilities in using and applying mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills and ensure progress in their knowledge and understanding as they move through the school.
- To develop personal qualities such as cooperation, independence in thought and action, persistence, logical and systematic thinking, imagination, creativity and flexibility.
- To give the pupils the opportunity to use and apply mathematics in a variety of everyday contexts, in practical tasks and as a powerful tool in other subjects.
- To allow the pupil to develop mathematical language, so that they can communicate ideas, solve problems and explain results.
- Confident communication of maths where pupils ask and answer questions, openly share work and learn from mistakes.
Long term planning
The National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014, Development Matters and the Early Learning Goals (Number, Shape Space & Measure) provide the long term planning for mathematics taught in the school.
The strands are as follows.
The strands are divided into strand units, which give additional structure to the curriculum. Number starts with a section called Early mathematical activities, in which there are four strand units: Classifying, Matching, Comparing and Ordering.
The five strands are Number Sense and Numeration, Measurement, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, and Data Management and Probability.
We use the White Rose Long term plans for each year from Reception to Year 6
Medium term planning
Years R - 6 use the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning as their medium term planning documents.
These schemes provide teachers with exemplification for math’s objectives and are broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving, key aims of the National Curriculum. We use the Small Steps Planning to ensure that key mathematical concepts are given to support learning. They support a mastery approach to teaching and learning and have number at their heart. They ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth. They support pupils working together as a whole group and provide plenty of time to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum. Other mastery resources are used to supplement lessons.
Short term planning
The medium term plans support daily lesson/Notebook planning.