Intent: “Know the Way”

Mathematics is an important life-skill that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Thurlbear to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding of key concepts. Maths at Thurlbear is geared towards supporting and inspiring children in becoming confident problem-solvers and to develop skills they can utilise across the curriculum and beyond school. To ensure learning sequences are as inclusive as possible, teachers will support children using a range of concrete, pictorial and abstract resources to enable all children to have a strong conceptual understanding of all areas of mathematics. Teachers will provide opportunities for all children to develop fluency, reasoning and problem solving in each lesson. The curriculum is underpinned by the fluent recall of key facts such as construction of numbers to 20 and the times tables.
At Thurlbear School, we follow the National Curriculum for mathematics, which aims to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with progressively 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.

Aims – pupils should be able to:

  • Embed skills within a high-quality mathematics education taught from the earliest age and developed consistently over time through the delivery of a progressive curriculum.
  • All children enjoy maths and experience success in the subject, with the ability to problem solve and reason confidently. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject.
  • Teachers promote children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for them to build a deep, conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges.
  • Challenge is provided for all children, whatever their understanding. Children make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
  • Children apply their mathematical knowledge to science, computing and other subjects.
  • The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged by going deeper before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, through additional practice, before moving on.

Implementation: “Show the Way”

Mathematics is delivered through the use of the White Rose Maths scheme of work and supplemented by the Curriculum Prioritisation from NCETM (National Curriculum Excellence Teaching Mathematics) and NRich to support, stretch and challenge all children in their classroom. These schemes have been adopted as they provide a clear progression of maths learning through the year groups, give regular CPD for staff members and delve deeply into the important steps of teaching maths in every year group. The mantra from White Rose Maths is ‘Maths Everyone Can’ and that is what we wish to deliver at Thurlbear School. Alongside the maths lessons, we also deliver discrete mental maths, starting from EYFS. These work in a progression format: NumberSense, times tables and arithmetic.In September 2021, we embarked on a learning journey with Maths Hub Boolean. Through this, we have used the ‘Teaching for Mastery’, following the Big Ideas. Teachers will plan to ensure all these elements are used within our curriculum. Assessment: Regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. Following White Rose Maths, we use their block and end of term assessments to gage children’s understanding. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain high standards, with achievement at the end of KS2 above the national average, as well an increasingly high proportion of children demonstrating greater depth, at the end of each phase.

Impact: “Grow the Way”

As a Mathematician leaving Thurlbear, every child will:

  • Have the best grounding in maths, which allows them to propel successfully in the study of mathematics at their next year group, including into secondary school and beyond. We teach the skills to ensure that our children are resilient learners who become life-long mathematicians.
  • Be able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world and that they are able to apply their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their day to day lives and within a wide range of contexts.

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