Maths

At Adderley Primary School we deliver a fully inclusive and flexible Maths curriculum to ensure every child’s needs are met. Our aim is to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Mathematics; providing a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum that develops children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. To deliver the National Curriculum, our school has adopted the Maths Mastery Approach and this approach is embedded through the White Rose Scheme. This allows our school to deliver an ambitious and connected approach which enables depth and challenge within the key stands of Mathematics.

Here is our Maths Curriculum Map.

Intent

Our goal is to provide children with an excellent Mathematics education that lays a strong foundation for pupils to understand how Maths is essential in everyday life. We want our children to be problem solvers and be able to reason when faced with challenges in the real world. Our Maths curriculum enables pupils with skills that can be applied to different mathematical scenarios. It also allows our pupils to understand and remember the mathematical knowledge, concepts and procedures taught. Therefore, pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged with rich and sophisticated problems before moving onto new content, and those who are not fluent with previously taught concepts, their learning is consolidated before new content is introduced. Additionally, mathematical discussion is at the heart of our learning, it develops pupils’ mathematical language and challenges their mathematical thinking. This is also an element of the structured Maths lessons which can be seen across the year groups. We acknowledge the importance of allowing children time to discuss their learning, especially with our increasing number of EAL children.

EYFS

Our Early Years Education lays a secure foundation for our children through providing purposeful provision, enabling them to develop positive attitudes, critical thinking and becoming active learners in Mathematics. Topics in Reception are informed by the Early Year Foundation Stage framework and delivered through Maths Mastery approach – White Rose Scheme. We ensure of pupils interests are highly prioritised, therefore, pupils are given rich opportunities to develop deep understanding of using maths in everyday life. A key focus is given to concrete based learning, enabling pupils to understand concepts and procedures. We allow our children to explore a range of mathematical skills enabling them to become independent and curious learners. Reasoning and problem-solving skills are exposed to children from Reception and these skills are embedded through their journey of learning at Adderley. We ensure our pupils in Reception are building knowledge and are making mathematical connections between various representations and are able to transfer these secure skills into a range of real-life situations. Therefore, children are challenged through high level of questioning and a range of written tasks, so they can secure a good foundation before they enter Year 1.

Lower Phase

In Lower Phase we adopt a broad and balanced approach which enables our pupils to become rapid graspers. It allows pupils to build on from prior knowledge and embed mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills across all topics. This allows our pupils to make useful connections between mathematical ideas and practical problems which they may encounter in real-life. Topics taught in Lower Phase builds on knowledge and prepares our pupils for the next stage of learning. Our lessons demonstrate the concrete, pictorial and abstract approach, this allows pupils to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We also offer our teachers opportunities to revisit previous knowledge, to ensure that mathematical knowledge learned by pupils is deeply embedded. Our maths curriculum identifies cross-curricular opportunities and allows pupils to make useful connections to develop their fluency. Therefore, we want our pupils to make mathematical connections across different subjects such as Art and Design, Computing, History, and understand that maths is used in various context. We also ensure that our pupils are provided with rich speaking and listening opportunities to develop mathematical language, as well as deep understanding of solving and challenging word problems.

Upper Phase

In Upper Phase, we aim to extend our pupils’ knowledge building on the foundations they have created in EYFS and Lower Phase through the CPA approach. Children are given the tools to understand the number system including larger integers. We ensure we provide children with the tools to develop connections between the four operations as well as fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio. Children build on the foundations to develop their reasoning and ability to use efficient written and mental strategies. In Geometry and Measure, we ensure our children are taught to extend and consolidate their knowledge previously developed in Number. By the end of year 6, our curriculum allows pupils to be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages. Children apply their learning through cross-curricular subjects including Science, Design and Technology and Computing. Mathematical discussions are embedded throughout our lessons which supports our children’s understanding of key mathematical terminology, as well as giving them a deep understanding of how to face challenging word problems. We provide children with a stimulating environment where they feel confident to be challenged and justify their reasoning.