Aims and Purpose
Maths –Statement of Intent
At Sacred Heart RC Primary and Nursery School we value a maths curriculum that is creative and engaging. All children to have access to this curriculum and to make progress in lessons. Our children need to develop the necessary skills to make them “deep thinkers” acquiring maths skills that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts. They need to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use their knowledge in other subjects. Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and we want our children to know the purpose behind their learning and to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school. We believe that children should be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios. A typical Maths lesson will provide the opportunity for all children, regardless of their ability, to work through Fluency, Reasoning and Problem Solving activities.
At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time.
We follow the Lancashire Maths Planning resources in order to ensure that our children have full coverage of the Maths National Curriculum and to allow our children to revisit topics several times over the year allowing their knowledge to embed. All children are catered for within the maths lessons ensuring that the teacher offers the necessary support and challenge for each individual to make progress. We ensure that maths is taught in creative and engaging lessons using a wide array of maths resources to aid and support our children in their learning. ICT is used widely across each year group to deliver the maths curriculum and to offer our pupils a range of exciting activities to challenge and inspire. Maths is widely promoted across the school and our classrooms have working walls that the children can utilise to support their learning and provide extra challenge.
Our aim is to ensure that the three core areas of the national curriculum are covered in all our lessons: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We offer the children the opportunity to have varied and frequent practice of their maths skills with the focus on their ability to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately. Reasoning is a key area in all our lessons. Mathematical vocabulary is an essential part of each lesson and the children need to understand this within the area they are studying and be able to make connections across other areas within this subject. Each lesson provides children with the opportunity to reason through their ideas, use their mathematical language to explore a line of enquiry and problem solve.
Structure of a Maths Lesson
The teachers have a flexible approach to the structure of their lesson so that they can reach the needs of an ambitious maths curriculum.
However all maths lessons must have the following key elements:
Modelling by the teacher
Review of learning
All lessons will cater for the individual needs of the children and to include some element of reasoning and problem solving. Questioning is a key part of the maths lesson – letting the children demonstrate what they know and challenging them every step.