Our Vision for Maths

 “Mathematics is a creative and highly interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” National Curriculum 2014

At our school we aim to ensure all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals so that pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly.
  • Reason mathematically, using mathematical language, concepts, justification and proof to explain their understanding.
  • Can problem solve, solve, by applying their mathematical knowledge and understanding with increasing sophistication to a wide range of concepts.

Our Maths teaching follows a Mastery curriculum directed by the National Curriculum (2014). We use a carefully chosen suite of materials that support teachers in planning effectively for their pupils.

  • White Rose
  • Nrich
  • Primary Advantage Resources
  • Power Maths

We intend that all pupils develop a confidence and proficiency in maths which allows them to enjoy and succeed in mathematical activities and equip them with the ability to use their maths learning throughout their lives. To achieve in maths, we believe that pupils need to develop their understanding alongside recalling of necessary facts and skills. They need to challenge themselves and be prepared to work through mistakes and learn from these. We encourage all pupils to make use of high-quality resources and learning materials in the knowledge that pupils learn best through their direct experiences. Assessment of pupil understanding is an ongoing part of their learning and their needs are constantly reviewed in line with these. Our curriculum allows pupils to revisit and build on concepts each term and yearly. We use the concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach to sequence our lesson content to provide pupils with the necessary scaffolds to access the learning within a lesson. All members of the school community are encouraged to develop a love of maths and see its value in the world that we live in and how it can positively impact on our lives.

Our Maths Principles:

  • Pupils should be encouraged to see their successes in all maths lessons and understand that making mistakes is integral to learning.
  • Pupils should be encouraged to have a growth mind set.
  • Emphasis is on the understanding and process rather than on solely the correct answers.
  • Pupil’s ability to communicate with clarity and prove their reasoned understanding is valued and developed.
  • All pupils and adults in the school, project positive messages about mathematics.
  • All adults working in class are expected to foster and scaffold independence and discourage reliance.
  • Investigation and open-ended tasks encourage creative thinking.
  • Whenever possible, learning is contextualised, giving children the opportunity to see the relevance of mathematics.
  • Pupils of all ages and abilities benefit from high quality and considered concrete resources.
  • All questioning is encouraged, and children are working towards understanding.
  • There are progressive lists of key recall facts, within the four operations, which provide the building blocks for much of the number curriculum.
  • Planning is informed by prior learning, assessment and relevant documentation.
  • Learning walls act as a scaffold and resources are accessible for pupils as they require them.
  • Pupil’s books provide a record of learning over time and evidence of a rich variety of tasks experienced.
  • Marking and/or feedback is a high-quality form of communication that challenges and addresses errors, gaps and misconceptions.
  • Parental support is integral to success.

Maths Curriculum Overview

Multiplication and Division calculation policy

Addition and subtraction calculation policy

Free online maths resources