To become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
To be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
To be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
How is the Maths Curriculum Organised?
Children are taught in mixed age classes and grouped according to
age and ability. Daily lessons delivered across the school using an
Active Learn Primary. This organises mathematical learning outcomes into
progressive sets of year group objectives. Particular focus is made
regarding the retention and application of these skills (mastery). In EYFS,
children are also given the opportunity to apply their skills through a wide range of independent and adult guided learning activities throughout the day.
How Is Maths Taught and what Resources Are Used?
From Year 2 upwards teachers allocate time for Pupil Conferences in maths. Here the teacher gets the opportunity to work along individual pupils or small groups to identify gaps and misconceptions in pupil learning so that they can address these quickly. Teaching assistant are often deployed to support children through precision teaching to address gaps identified through marking and feedback or pupil conferencing.
If pupils are not achieving within the year group expectations, they are discussed with the SENCO and, if necessary, additional resources and adult support are put in place e.g., ICT-based programmes or small group tuition.
The following resources are used to teach and assess the development of age appropriate mathematical skills:-
Active Learn Primary that provides weekly and daily planning linked to activities, textbook exercises and on-line resources.
Headstart Word Problems (commercially available resource)
Espresso and Purple mash, TT Rockstars (supplementary online resources)
Wide range of practical resources
How is Maths Assessed at Charlesworth?
Maths is assessed by a combination of teacher assessment and formal tests. This is achieved through the following procedures:-
Pupil Conference Records
Year group target sheets in the front/back of books
Progress tracking grids (termly)
Termly summative assessment tests
Weekly number recall tests (e.g., times tables)
Progress and attainment in maths is assessed against a set of
expectations for each year group, download booklet here