Intent, Implementation and Impact
When teaching mathematics at Curdridge, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. We aim to prepare them for a successful working life. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Mastery Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete, pictorial and abstract form wherever suitable. They are taught to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We encourage resilience, adaptability and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life.
We teach maths through small groups and it is taught every day to all pupils. Children also complete maths tasks independently through PLT.
Every class from EYFS to Y6 follows the White Rose scheme of learning which is based on the National Curriculum. Lessons may be personalised to address the individual needs and requirements for a class but coverage is maintained. In order to further develop the children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving, we use Twinkl which correlates to the White Rose lessons and further develops children’s understanding of a concept along with I see reasoning and NCEMT resources.
Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA)
We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals. To support us, we have a range of mathematical resources in classrooms including Numicon, Base10 and counters (concrete equipment). When children have grasped a concept using concrete equipment, images and diagrams are used (pictorial) prior to moving to abstract questions. Abstract maths relies on the children understanding a concept thoroughly and being able to use their knowledge and understanding to answer and solve maths without equipment or images.
In order to advance individual children’s maths skills in school and at home, we utilise Sumdog practising, applying and consolidating learning. We also use white Rose 1 minute app to support fluency of key facts.
To develop your child’s fluency and mental maths skills, we are introducing KIRFs (Key Instant Recall Facts) throughout school. KIRFS are a way of helping your child to learn by heart, key facts and information which they need to have instant recall of. KIRFs are designed to support the development of mental maths skills that underpin much of the maths work in our school. They are particularly useful when calculating, adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing. They contain number facts such as number bonds and times tables that need constant practise and rehearsal, so children can recall them quickly and accurately. Each half term children practise their KIRF in school and at home.
Through our teaching we continuously monitor pupils’ progress against expected attainment for their age, making formative assessment notes where appropriate and using these to inform our teaching. Summative assessments are completed at the end of each term using White Rose Termly assessments. The main purpose of all assessment is to always ensure that we are providing excellent provision for every child.
Whole school events
We celebrate National Maths Day and have whole school maths themed days. We also have whole school maths challenges using Sumdog. These bring the whole school together to concentrate on one theme.
As a result of our whole school curriculum, pupils of Curdridge Primary School will:
- make at least good progress in Mathematics from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point
- Children will be accurate and confident in the four operations. This includes being able to calculate mentally as well as using a formal written method by the end of year 6. They will have a secure knowledge of their times table facts and associated division facts up to 12 x 12.
- Children will use their Mathematics knowledge and skills, in all curriculum areas, to enable them to know more, remember more and understand more.
- Children will recognise the importance of Mathematics as a facilitating subject to enable them to access other areas of learning and operate successfully is everyday life both now and in the future.
Success will be monitored through:
- End of key stage 1 and key stage 2 data shows us being above national average for Expected & Above average
- Summative assessments throughout the school show good progress being made
- Learning walks and books look show a range of maths topics being covered
- Pupil dialogue about maths is positive and they can recall prior learning during conversations
- Inline or above national average for MTC pass percentage