Maths at Breckon Hill Primary School
“Maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.“
The National Curriculum 2014
We want children to:
- become fluent in maths by developing confidence with increasing challenge in their learning
- reason mathematically, making generalisations, developing an argument or justification or proof using mathematical language
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing confidence and sophistication
- enjoy maths and see themselves as being good at maths.
To ensure we are at the forefront of good practice we are part of The Archimedes Maths Learning Hub and have benefited from shared good practice and training.
Maths is taught on a daily basis. As a school we use the medium term AET planning documents across KS1 and KS2 allowing children to be exposed to a variety of different types of learning and problems. Teachers plan daily in response to the previous days learning. Ongoing assessment is key in shaping learning and teaching in maths.
The ‘Mastery’ curriculum ensures the children have a deep understanding of There are three aims of the Primary Mathematics Curriculum: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. In all lessons, where children are required to think mathematically, pupils are encouraged to apply their knowledge to a range of different activities and are given the opportunity to reason and problem solve. Much of the new curriculum focuses on the children being able to reason about Maths and solve problems independently. It is no longer enough to just get the answer correct; the children need to be able to prove why and explain how and why.
In lessons, children are encouraged to use apparatus initially to develop a secure understanding before moving onto using just numbers and solving problems.
As a school, we follow the National Curriculum but use AET Maths as well as other resources to support our teaching.
AET Maths provides term by term overviews for the new National Curriculum with
the aim of supporting primary schools by providing more detailed Schemes of
Learning, which help teachers plan lessons
on a day to day basis.
Teachers also implement the schools agreed calculations policy for progression in written and mental calculations.
‘’Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.’’
EYFS develop knowledge and skills of key learning in line with expectations from the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage as above.
Maths is assessed and developed through the use of termly assessment tests and teacher formative Assessment. This information is tracked termly and is essential for teachers and senior leaders to analyse children’s progress and plan for those children needing specific support which is done through our pupil progress meetings.
The impact of the Maths curriculum is monitored by the subject leader and evidenced in an annual portfolio.
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