Our Intent: Why our Maths curriculum looks like this
Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships, which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world.
Mathematics at Green Lane is about developing a secure and deep understanding of fundamental mathematical concepts and procedures that can be applied confidently across a range of contexts both in school and in their own lives.
We believe that a focussed and balanced mathematical education is the entitlement of all children, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, ability or special educational need. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.
Implementation: How will we achieve this?
In September 2019, Green Lane Primary Academy joined the Archimedes Hub Teacher Research Group in order to begin a whole school journey towards Teaching for Mastery. The Five Big Ideas underpin our teaching. These are:
- representation and structure
- mathematical thinking
Using the Teaching for Mastery approach, lessons are based on the most important conceptual knowledge and understanding that pupils need as they progress from Year 1 to Year 6. The concepts, known as ‘Ready to Progress Criteria’, provide a coherent, linked framework to support pupils’ mastery of the primary mathematics curriculum.
Lessons are designed so that objectives are achievable for all. We have high expectations and encourage a ‘can do’ attitude towards mathematics in all pupils. We develop resilience in the face of challenge and carefully scaffold learning so that everyone can make progress.
Staff use the NCETM Curriculum Prioritisation Map as a basic structure upon which to design lesson sequences. Lessons are planned in Year group teams using White Rose Maths Premium Resources, NCETM Professional Development materials, NCETM Ready to Progress Criteria guidance and NRICH.
The Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in Mathematics is based on Development Matters – September 2020 (Non-statutory curriculum guidance for the early years foundation stage). Teaching for Mastery principals also apply to this setting and the use of high quality resources from White Rose Maths, Power Maths, NRICH and NCETM support planning and learning.
Developing a strong grounding in number is essential so that all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Pupils are encouraged to make links with their own experience, the real world and our half-termly learning contexts through cross curricula teaching.
The approach at Green Lane will ensure that:
- Pupils will develop an understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Pupils will use and apply knowledge and understanding across the subject
- Pupils will be able to reason logically and apply a systematic approach to problem solving.
- Pupils will develop the ability to use and apply mental skills.
- Pupils will be effective communicators of mathematical ideas, facts and concepts.
In addition to subject specific outcomes, the teaching of mathematics should also develop:
- Enthusiasm and self-confidence.
- Willingness to take risks and use initiative.
- Open-mindedness, perseverance and responsibility.
- Ability to collaborate and cooperate with others.