Curriculum Intent: Mathematics
Characteristics of a Mathematician
- An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
- A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
- Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
- The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
- The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
- The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes and false starts.
- The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
- Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
- A commitment to and passion for the subject.
Teachers follow the White Rose Schemes of Learning to ensure consistent coverage, following a 2 part lesson to provide children with the opportunity to build a deep conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to reasoning and problem-solving. Those who are not sufficiently fluent are given more time to practice and consolidate their understanding before moving on.
Other resources including Numbots, NRICH and NCETM are used to engage the children in mathematics.
Our pupils organise their knowledge, skills and understanding around the following key concepts:
- Know and use numbers
- Add and subtract
- Multiply and divide
- Use fractions
- Understand the properties of shapes
- Describe position, direction and movement
- Use measures
- Use statistics
- Use algebra
These key concepts underpin learning in each milestone. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
Please see our Mathematics Curriculum year group overview which shows the accumulation of knowledge and skills from Nursery to Year 6.
Please see our Long Term Planning Yearly Overview for coverage of the curriculum.
It is important for children to use correct mathematical vocabulary and have a good understanding of what these terms mean.
Please see our Mathematical Vocabulary document which shows the progression of vocabulary, as well as definitions and examples, from Reception to Year 6.
Aspirations For The Future
Here are some of the jobs you could aspire to do in the future as a Mathematician:
- Chief Test Pilot
- Automotive Engineer
- Land Surveyor
Through the explicit teaching of the Mathematical skills, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson. Questioning is used to assess pupils understanding and timely feedback to provide intervention and address misconceptions to ensure that all children are making progress. Summative assessments are used to monitor children’s progress.
We recognise the importance of parental engagement in Maths and in ‘normal times’ we would offer workshops to support with Maths at home. Please Visit our Parental Engagement in Maths page for information and guidance on ways to support your child in Mathematics.
Useful websites/apps to use at home:
EYFS and KS1
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years – The ‘Hit The Button’ games are
really good for recall of number facts
https://keystagefun.co.uk/ – The Squeebles App is excellent for timestables
Numbertime videos (via YouTube)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years – The ‘Hit The Button’ games are really good for recall of number facts
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/z826n39 https://keystagefun.co.uk/ – The Squeebles App is excellent for timestables https://www.arcademics.com/
All children also have their log in for Times Table Rockstars that they should be using regularly to develop their times table knowledge.
I think Maths is fun. It is my favourite subject!
I like maths because it helps you to solve problems
I like maths because I think it will help me get a good job when I am older. I want to go in the Navy when I am older.
I think math is fun! I like to add up.
I like counting. I can count to 11.