Maths at New Close
The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to provide a curriculum that is accessible, well matched and challenging to the needs of all learners. All learners should become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics and should be able to reason mathematically and solve problems by the application of their mathematical understanding. We endeavour to ensure that children develop an enthusiastic and creative attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them throughout their lives. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure 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.
We follow the White Rose scheme, which has been plotted to create a yearly overview, which is applicable to our pupils and school. This is enhanced with resources from maths schemes: Maths on Target, CGP, Classroom Secrets and Deepening understanding.
Daily fluency happens from Year 1 upwards (EYFS, Summer Term). The children access warm up maths activities, which develop children’s fluency in key skills. In addition, they work through a maths starter activity that builds on previous learning and encourages application of skills.
To support the children in learning their timetables, in preparation for the year 4 tables test, we use Times Tables Rock Stars interactively, which creates a bespoke programme for each child. We also do daily times table tests, aiming to get 40 out 40 correct in 2 minutes.
Internal Assessment of National Curriculum objectives is carried out by the class teacher using our internal tracking system and NFER tests. Tests are carried out to assess against the age related expectations of each year group. Along with evidence in books and from lessons, assessment weeks are held termly using the NFER assessment papers to inform teacher’s decisions and to pinpoint gaps in children’s learning that then needs consolidation. Year 2 and 6 also use past papers to continuously assess performance. Data is analysed by class teachers, termly pupil progress meetings are held with the head to discuss progress within the class and to identify those who are not making the expected progress, enabling the teacher to discuss any interventions that may be needed beyond quality first teaching. Whole class gaps are also identified and used to inform planning.