We strive to develop confidence in mathematics and foster an environment in which children are encouraged to be curious, explore and investigate during mathematics lessons. Our children should be constantly developing as fluent mathematicians who love learning and applying their knowledge to challenging problems. We hope to develop resilient learners who can solve some problems with unconscious competence.
Staff follow a carefully designed, logical and systematic sequence to teaching mathematics which focuses depending on the needs of our pupils. Time is spent exploring age appropriate tasks and all children are supported and taught how to explain their reasoning and apply this to solving problems.
We firmly believe that regular and intelligent practise of basic skills is essential for improving fluency and knowledge. With this improved knowledge, our children can deepen their understanding of mathematics and challenge themselves by attempting age appropriate problems with a resilient attitude. By practising arithmetic daily, our children move towards being able to solve problems with unconscious competence, rapidly recalling number facts and gaining enjoyment through increased self-confidence.
Learners are regularly provided with concrete and pictorial resources to extend and support their learning. Carefully designed pictorials and access to a wide variety of manipulatives, can help our children to master age related materials. We know that these resources are integral to ensure that all children are provided with the opportunity to succeed, learn and enjoy mathematics.
Where children have achieved mastery of a concept we aim to deepen that understanding through non-routine problems and situations that require children to generalise and note patterns and connections. ‘Cold tasks’ are used before a unit of work to allow teachers to build on what pupils already know and identify pupils for intervention to allow them to keep up rather than catch up.
The long term plans below outline the areas of mathematics taught in each year group throughout the year. The order and length of these units will alter following assessments and gap analysis, but each unit will be taught by the end of the academic year.