At Jennett’s Park CE Primary School we strive to create a maths learning environment in which children can confidently learn and achieve, independently and collaboratively, to the best of their ability. Our maths curriculum aims to provide children with the opportunity to develop a curiosity, enjoyment and passion for the subject and allow them to understand the world around them through mathematical reasoning.
Considerable importance is attached to the children understanding mathematical processes, concepts and skills and a positive attitude to maths learning is encouraged by presenting it in an interesting and enjoyable way, allowing the children to actively participate in the learning process, thus creating a sense of achievement and confidence. There is an emphasis on the development of mental arithmetic and giving opportunities for pupils to use and apply mathematics in real life situations.
We use effective planning, teaching and learning strategies, assessment and knowledge of our children in our aim to develop and extend pupils’ knowledge and understanding of all mathematical concepts.
Maths is taught through a daily lesson which follows the principles of the New Primary curriculum with an additional short mental maths session in the afternoons. We follow the White Rose schemes of work which focus on high quality teaching and mastery as well as looking to the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics and the Cambridge University NRich Website to further enhance the childrens’ maths experiences and challenge. In addition, the curriculum is backed up by our use of Mathletics and Times Tables Rock Stars which is encouraged both in school and at home.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will be encouraged to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Class teachers also plan for opportunities to develop and apply key mathematical skills in other subject areas throughout the year.
Aims of the New Primary Curriculum
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.