The intent of our curriculum is:
To provide a curriculum which covers the mathematical knowledge and skills required for learners to become resilient and courageous mathematical thinkers within a supportive and challenging environment.
Our implementation is developed through secure understanding of the National Curriculum.
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.
The implementation of our curriculum:
- We follow Power Maths, a whole school mastery programme that fits alongside the small steps from White Rose. Power Maths KS1 and KS2 are recommended by the DFE, having met the NCETM’s criteria for high-quality textbooks, and have been judged as “fully delivering a mastery approach”.
- Includes the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract resources to introduce children to key knowledge and support their skill development.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
- Provides children with varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning activities to develop and apply new skills and knowledge in a range of contexts.
- Creates links with other areas of the curriculum, supplying children with real contexts in which to apply their mathematical learning and develop curriculum cohesion.
The impact of our curriculum leads to:
- Quick recall of facts and procedures
- The flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representations of mathematics.
- The ability to recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics
A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.