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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

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Maths

Our Maths Intent

At Winterbourne Earls we are committed to delivering a rich, varied and challenging maths curriculum, underpinned by a pedagogy that mathematical understanding should be taught and applied across the curriculum in order to equip children for future life. Maths is essential for everyday life, crucial in Science, Technology, Engineering and for future Financial Literacy. A high quality Mathematics education provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and develop a sense of curiosity and love of Maths.

 

In line with the National Curriculum Objectives our intent is that all children will:

Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including 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.

 

Reason mathematically and show courage to follow a line of enquiry, investigate relationships and generalisations and learn how to develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

 

Solve problems and stretch their learning by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increading sophistication, including breaking down problems to a series of smaller, simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions. Our school follows the mastery approach to teaching Maths using the 5 big ideas that underpin mastery in Mathematics.

The 5 big ideas are: Fluency, Mathematical thinking, Representation and Structure, Variation and Coherence.

Our Ethos

Every child is capable of being a successful mathematician. 

At Winterbourne Earls, we strive to create a supportive learning environment where all children can confidently learn and achieve, independently and collaboratively. Our Maths curriculum aims to develop a curiosity for maths, enjoy maths and allow them to enjoy the world around them through mathematical reasoning. We aim to encompass a positive attitude to maths in order to ensure children can fulfil their full potential in all areas of maths. 

We are developing a strong emphasis on mental maths, particularly instant recall of number facts and times tables.

Through effective teaching and learning strategies, assessment and knowledge of our children, we aim to develop pupil's knowledge through interesting and engaging activities.

 

Maths is taught daily as a Maths lesson in all classes. Maths may also be used in other subjects to provide cross-curricular opportunites to apply maths knowledge practically. For example in science, DT, music and PE. 

 

We are also dedicated to professional development at Winterbourne Earls to ensure we provide the most effective teaching and learning for pupils

Miss Arrandale is our Maths Subject Leader, responsible for driving successful and sustainable change in the teaching of Maths at Winterbourne Earls. Over the past year, Mrs Carter and Miss Arrandale have been forunate enough to be involved in a Teacher Research Group (TRG) led by the Solent Maths Hub (Mobius from Sept 2020) to develop and embed outstanding maths teaching practice throughout the school. Miss Arrandale will continue this professional development this year with Miss Wright joining the course.

 

Aims of the National Curriculum in Maths

1. Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.

2. Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

3. Solve problems by applying mathematical knowledge to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down of problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

 

The teaching of fluency

We intend for all pupils 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.

 

The teaching of problem solving

We intend for all pupils 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

 

The teaching of reasoning

We intend for all pupils to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

 

 

Statutory Guidance, National curriculum in England: mathematics programmes of study, July 2020, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

 

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