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Mathematics is an essential tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing, analysing and making sense of the world. Our maths curriculum develops:
- A positive attitude towards mathematics and a fascination for numbers
- Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
- Problem-solving and reasoning
- Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
- The ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum
Our curriculum closely follows the White Rose scheme of work. Planning is carefully crafted into ‘small steps’ which develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills and conceptual understanding for mastery. A CPA (Concrete, Pictorial and abstract) approach is taken to ensure children develop a sound understanding of mathematical processes.
Each day includes a ‘Flashback Five’, a ten minute block where children respond to five maths questions which have been carefully planned to recap prior learning and identify misconceptions.
Alongside everyday mathematics teaching, we use a whole-school approach to mental maths called SMIRFs (Space Mission Instant Recall Facts). Rapid recall of number bonds, times tables and other number facts is vital to children’s mathematical understanding. Learning these ‘off by heart’ means that children can confidently tackle number problems and children use online-learning platforms such as Numbots and Times Table Rock Stars at home and in school to support this.