Statement of Intent
At Hill Top, we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics. We aim to provide pupils with the enjoyment of the subject whilst developing a sense of curiosity that will help them to be able to use their knowledge of mathematical concepts in creative and new ways. We believe this will enable pupils to make a positive impact on the world around them. We intend to achieve this by providing a mathematics curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and provides them with the necessary knowledge and skills needed to become successful, confident individuals. We want pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and be able to reason and solve problems confidently, making connections between all areas of the mathematics curriculum. We teach for a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and use mistakes and misconceptions as an important part of the learning process. Our school also recognises the important roles parents and carers play in their child’s learning and encourage a positive home-school partnership to enhance learning.
EYFS: In our Early Years Unit Maths is embedded in our daily practice. All areas of provision are set up with Mathematical opportunities and all our routines promote Maths. We have numbered equipment for tidying up and ten frames for self-registration. We have daily opportunities for counting and subitising ensuring that the five Mathematical Principles are covered. There are regular adult-led carpet sessions in both Nursery and Reception with the opportunity to practise the skills learnt in provision areas.
We have been working with the guidelines for the new Early Learning Goals for Maths using the mastery approach which concentrates on each single number for a period of at least two weeks. Pattern making and sorting are focussed on in both classes during the first term.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2: Mathematics lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Mathematics lessons follow the White Rose Maths Hub materials, which includes a long and medium term planning structure. This ensures there is a clear sequence of objectives taught and that there is a progressive approach throughout each year group. Children are taught to become:
- Visualisers – using a concrete, pictorial and abstract (CPA) approach
- Describers – focusing on mathematical language and questioning
- Experimenters - we want pupils to love and learn more about Maths
The CPA approach is taught to develop a deep and sustainable understanding of Maths, which builds on pupils’ existing knowledge. It ensures that pupils understand ‘why’ and not just ‘how’.
- use mathematical language to explain
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- recognise relationships and make connections in mathematics
- reason mathematically
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication
Maths Curriculum Maps and Long Term Plans:
Maths Key Vocabulary: