The Intent of our Mathematics Curriculum
At Threshfield Primary School our intent for mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum using Maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area.
Teachers and governors are kept regularly informed of developments in our frequently reviewed curriculum. Teachers are supported and aided in their roles ensuring confidence in the skills and facts they are required to teach. Lessons are child focused and maths is kept fun and current in school.
Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life. Our policies, resources and schemes support our vision e.g. our calculations policy, I See Reasoning, White Rose Maths and NCETM Teaching for Mastery.
The mapping of Mathematics across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Pupils are challenged and we believe in a child led approach whereby pupils can take ownership of their learning, choosing their own level of task whilst those who are identified as SEND or underachieving are supported completely, revisiting learning where needed.
Mathematics in our school is enhanced by our individual class working walls designed to aid children through each topic, through our TT Rockstars competitions and also in our collaboration with external organisations such Skipton Girls’ High School.
The Implementation of our Mathematics Curriculum
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do? Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world.
We want all pupils at Threshfield Primary School to experience the beauty, power and enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding. At Threshfield we foster positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’
We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps.
We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems.
They will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways.
We aim for all pupils to:
· become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
· be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
· reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
· have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
The Impact of our Mathematics Curriculum
The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that children understand the relevance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts. We have fostered an environment where Maths is fun and it is OK to be ‘wrong’ because the journey to finding an answer is most important. Our children have a growth mindset and they make measurable progression against their own targets.
Our maths books are packed with a range of activities showing evidence of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our feedback and interventions are supporting children to strive to be the best mathematicians they can be ensuring a greater proportion of children are on track.
Children ‘have a go’ and choose the equipment they need to help them to learn along with the strategies they think are best suited to each problem. Children are developing skills in being articulate and are able to verbally, pictorially and in written form reason well.