Intent of Mathematics Curriculum of Sandown Primary School:
At Sandown, we want maths to be relevant and meaningful within the real world, build pupils’ resilience, develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, give pupils opportunities to enjoy numbers, enable them to make links between different areas of maths and to enable all pupils to achieve well.
Here at Sandown School we follow White Rose Maths from Years 1 to 6.
White Rose is a whole-school primary maths programme that supports the teacher in teaching for mastery and meeting the higher expectations of the National Curriculum.
England’s 2014 National Curriculum set higher expectations for maths outcomes, focusing on three clear aims:
- 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.
- 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.
We follow White Rose Maths because it works for our pupils. It follows the CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract) approach closely and this enables all children to achieve the key concepts of maths needed to gain firm foundations on which to grow on. The children enjoy maths and are able to show, explain and prove their thinking in many different ways. The pupils are taught in a spiral curriculum method that allows each block of learning to be built upon with each unit. Manipulatives are a key part of our maths curriculum and these enable struggling pupils to have support to work independently as well as extending the more able pupils to explain and prove their thinking.
White Rose consists of small steps of learning that build upon each other. This means that each child is able to gain a deeper understanding of each concept and really follow it on a deeper level. The range of resources that the class teachers have access to means that a deep level of knowledge in problem solving and reasoning is also gained. The fluency elements of the learning are shown in a range of models so that pupils can visualise key calculation methods before completing the work.
Throughout the school we use 1:1 and small group teaching to enhance our Maths class teaching, to enable pupils to reach the highest possible standards in Maths by addressing any individual gaps or misconceptions.
For those pupils that are below age expectations for their year group they have daily, same day teaching and interventions which the class teacher supports with White Rose resources that are at age expectations.
Our maths curriculum is set up to ensure a spiral approach to learning. Each unit links to the previous and will support the next one. This ensures that pupils can learn key concepts and see how they are linked to others. We teach according to the Maths Mastery approach, which means that all pupils access the same learning, some may be challenged to dig deeper into the concept and others may be supported with resources or staff to access current expectations. This ensures that all pupils should be able to access their current year group’s curriculum.
The maths teaching at Sandown is support by manipulatives which help all pupils to visualise concepts and conceptual understanding and support pupils to explain their understanding.
In addition to our daily maths lessons we have arithmetic sessions ( three times a week) in year two and Key Stage Two, which enables pupils to rapidly recall key facts for each year group, which supports key learning in the main maths lessons.
We also use the online platform of Times Table RockStars to support rapid recall of times table knowledge. These are accessed in weekly timetabled sessions as well as daily at home.
In year one and Early Years we have introduced the NCTEM Mastering Numbers programme, which works closely with Numberblocks to ensure pupils have a good understanding on number, subitising and counting. This additional 15 minutes of learning links in with key maths concepts in the main maths lesson.
We also use the online platform of Numbots to support rapid recall of number facts and number bonds. These can be access in timetabled sessions through the week and at home on a daily basis.
At Sandown pupils are able to:
- Discuss their learning and reason with key concepts using stem sentences and key vocabulary.
- Show their working out and thinking using manipulatives, pictures and calculations.
- Rapidly recall key facts, number bonds and times tables.
- Work in a logical way to solve puzzles and problems
- Use the four calculations to a high standard
- Use their maths learning confidently and enjoy working with numbers.
By the time pupils leave Sandown:
- They will have a good mathematical understanding of key concepts and be able to use reasoning skills to discuss their learning.
- They feel confident and prepared to use mathematics in the next steps of their learning journey.
- They can use effective and efficient methods of mathematics to solve a range of problems and puzzles.
- They will be fluent in number bonds and times tables.