Welcome to our Maths Page
The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasing complex problems over time, so that pupils have a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- Can 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.
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematics ideas.
At Halfway Houses Primary School, Mathematics is planned and delivered to all pupils across the EYFS, KS1 and KS2. It offers a broad foundation of mathematical experience designed to provide our pupils with the understanding, skills and knowledge needed for everyday situations and experiences. We aim to ensure that all pupils have appropriate experience of a broad and balanced mathematics curriculum based on the National Curriculum 2014. Therefore, our children will become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, developing conceptual understanding and be able to apply their mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems and develop mathematical reasoning.
Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, including in unfamiliar mathematical language
Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they are efficient in using and selecting the appropriate written algorithms and mental methods, underpinned by mathematical concepts
Problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including unfamiliar contexts and to model real life scenarios
At Halfway Houses Primary School through analysis of our pupils’ background and life experiences, we recognise that for many of our pupils developing a solid grasp of key number facts such as number bonds and multiplication tables is essential to enable them to be able to access, explore and use the key skills of Mathematics. As a result, our curriculum aims to promote regular practise of Intent these basic skills in a range of contexts. We are also aware that many of our pupils lack confidence in this area and this is equally the case for many of our parents whose own school experiences have shaped the way they view this area of the curriculum. Our pupils need to be encouraged to see themselves as capable mathematicians and therefore we promote a Growth Mindset attitude and invest time in ensuring that all our learners recognise that challenge and struggle are important parts of the learning journey. By offering a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum we are committed to enabling each pupil to develop their capabilities to be the best they can be. We also aim to provide each pupil with the skills and understanding that may be needed for the study of other subjects and that will support transition into secondary school and adult life
At Halfway Houses we aim to:
Foster a positive Growth Mindset attitude and enjoyment of learning towards mathematics.
Challenge children to stretch themselves and take risks in their learning
Develop confidence and competence with number facts such as number bonds and multiplication tables.
Develop knowledge and understanding.
Develop secure mental calculation methods which will lead into written methods as pupils understand how information can be gathered and presented.
Ensure that pupils understand the importance of mathematics in a real life context, therefore giving their learning relevance and purpose.
Provide pupils with a range of contexts to use and apply their skills, knowledge and understanding.
Encourage pupils to ask questions, test theories and investigate ideas, using appropriate mathematical language to reason and explain.
Relate mathematical skills to other areas of the curriculum.
Ensure that pupils understand that mathematics is an inter-connected discipline and link different areas of learning together.
In order to support a broad mathematical curriculum, teachers carefully plan and prepare learning to allow pupils to experience a rich range of activities including opportunities to engage in:
Using a range of manipulatives.
Recording mathematical learning in a number of ways.
Activities which promote rich mathematical talk.
Practical activities and games e.g. shape and space walks.
Opportunities to use and apply their mathematical thinking and learning.
Problem solving to challenge thinking e.g. problems and puzzles from NRICH.
Individual, paired, group and whole class learning and discussions.
Using interactive programs such as Times Tables Rockstars
Opportunities to differentiate their own learning and choose their challenge.
We ensure that every pupil experiences success within Mathematics. For many of our pupils it is important to develop their confidence and resilience so that they can tackle a range of mathematical activities. Our curriculum follows the White Rose scheme which ensures that all mathematical domains are planned for children are challenged to progress.
These domains are:
Number and Place Value
Number –Addition and Subtraction
Number – Multiplication and division
Number – Fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio
Measures Geometry – Properties of shape
Geometry – Position and direction
White Rose objectives are followed and then lessons are adapted for the needs of the children in each class. Within each planned unit of work teachers ensure that pupils are offered opportunity to practise and consolidate skills as well as Implementation being able to use their knowledge and skills in a range of meaningful contexts. We endeavour to plan for progression not only on a daily basis but also across a unit of learning.