Our Mathematics Curriculum
At St Edward’s Catholic Primary School, we are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics. Our aim is that all children are successful lifelong mathematicians, have an understanding of how mathematics is essential to everyday life and are fully prepared with the skills for future employment. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surrounds them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject. The mathematics curriculum has been designed with the needs of all children in mind. Learning across the subject is accessible to all and maximises the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. Lessons incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason, clarify, extend and explain their workings. We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject, whilst building resilience and a determination to succeed.
At St Edward’s we teach a mastery approach to mathematics. We aim for each child to be confident in each yearly objective and develop their ability to use this knowledge to develop a greater depth of understanding to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions. We use the Power Maths scheme of work and textbooks, White Rose planning, NCETM resources and NRich throughout the school to ensure a curriculum that is specific to each child’s learning needs.
A fundamental element in the teaching is the use of multiple representations.
Concrete, pictorial, abstract
Objects, pictures, words, numbers and symbols are everywhere. The mastery approach incorporates all of these to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, enrich their learning experience and deepen understanding. Together, these elements help cement knowledge so pupils truly understand what they’ve learnt.
All pupils, when introduced to a key new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency in this topic by taking this approach. Pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Children also have the opportunity to practise basic skills in additional fluency lessons.
All lessons are planned on formative assessment of what pupils already know and we include all children in learning mathematical concepts. At the planning stage, teachers consider the scaffolding that may be required for children struggling to grasp concepts in the lesson and challenge ‘depth’ questions for those who may grasp the concepts rapidly. Key learning points are identified during planning, with misconceptions addressed early. Questions probe and extend children’s understanding with children expected to respond in full sentences using precise mathematical vocabulary.
Mastery in Mathematics
At Saint Edward’s Catholic Primary School, our vision is for every child to
enjoy and succeed in mathematics, regardless of background. We believe that high-quality, carefully planned lessons and maths-focused
professional development for all teaching staff can make this happen.
Schools today face a range of barriers to success. All of which make building and embedding an effective approach to maths teaching more important – and more challenging – than ever. That’s why, at St. Edward’s, we have adopted the Mastery in Mathematics approach to our teaching.
Mastery of mathematics is something that we want all pupils to acquire, or rather to continue acquiring throughout their school lives, and beyond. Understanding of teaching for mastery is well advanced in a large number of primary schools.
The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics website has some helpful video links and information showing how ‘Mastery’ might look in
lessons at Saint Edward’s. The NCETM website also gives the ideas behind whole-class teaching and structure of a ‘Mastery’ lesson in Maths.
Mathematics Targets for Each Year Group
Key Stage 2
Maths Surgery – Friday Lunchtime
Maths Surgery runs on a Friday lunchtime. Key Stage 2 pupils are invited to sign up during the week. They can bring a maths problem that they have met in class, they can come for help with something that they have found tricky or they can come and play some games involving mathematics and strategy. The club is well attended and popular. Some of our older Year 6 pupils help support the younger children in Years 3, 4 and 5. We always have lots of fun and it’s a great way to get some extra help and work with some different children.