THE INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT OF THE MATHS CURRICULUM
Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life and with this in mind; Charlwood Village Primary School endeavours to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will remain with them through life. We are committed to ensuring that children recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different contexts. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically, as well as a curiosity and appreciation of its beauty and power.
Charlwood Village Primary School shares the aims of the national curriculum for mathematics (2014) by ensuring that all pupils:
- 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.
At Charlwood Village Primary, these skills are embedded within lessons and developed consistently over time. Children are taught to become competent and independent mathematicians.
Charlwood Village Primary’s mastery approach to the curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Year 6. We follow the National Curriculum and use White Rose Schemes of Work as a guide to support teachers with their planning and assessment. The calculation policy is also used within school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time. Pupils study mathematics daily, covering a broad and balanced mathematical curriculum including elements of number, calculation, geometry, measures and statistics. Due to the interconnected nature of mathematics, we aim to teach mathematics in a cross curricular manner as well as discretely to teach the practical application of mathematical skills. We focus not only on the mathematical methods but also focus on mathematical vocabulary and use the Mastery approach to broaden and deepen mathematical understanding.
There is a clear progression of skills, knowledge and understanding for the children as they move up through the school and teachers have the autonomy to adapt the medium term plans to suit the needs of their class. The Charlwood Village Primary School’s Calculation policy clearly models the correct progression for the teaching of the four operations and supports teachers in differentiating the learning for the needs of their pupils.
It is our aim that pupils:
- Confident ~ to be able to use their mathematical skills in a range of different contexts.
- Valued ~ to talk through reasoning mathematically and listen to others contributions.
- Prepared ~ to practise their learning at school and at home.
- Successful ~ to understand the importance of maths and how we can use mathematical skills throughout our lives.
Charlwood Village Primary has a supportive ethos and our approaches assist the children in developing their collaborative and independent skills. Our practical and progressive approach to mathematics ensures we are able to meet the complex needs and range of abilities the children at our school have. Our focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving provides challenging learning as well as opportunities to contextualise mathematics and encourage children to not see mathematical skills in isolation, but to integrate them into other aspects of their learning and lives. By the end of KS2, we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios.