What is Mathematics?
At St. Andrew’s, we believe that Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. Mathematics provides children with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Through the eyes of our children, Mathematics is important because:
‘It helps us to use skills and knowledge we have already developed, to think deeply and solve problems.’
Early Learning Goals
Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20. They place them in order. They say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer. They solve problems, including doubling, halving and sharing.
Mathematics Shape, space and measures Children use everyday language to talk about size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, we strive for our children to be successful and proficient mathematicians who can solve problems, fluently recall facts rapidly and reason mathematically while justifying their reasoning. This will allow them to create solutions to problems in a range of settings. To be successful, children should display the following attributes: curiosity, resourcefulness, determination, flexibility and bravery.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
The teaching and implementation of the Mathematics curriculum at St. Andrew’s C.E. Primary School is based on the Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum; it is supported by expectations from NCETM and Classroom Monitor, ensuring a well-structured approach.
At St. Andrew’s, children are taught in an environment centred around the balanced mix of independent work, partner tasks and whole class tuition. Depending on numbers in each year groups, children are grouped according to ability in KS2.
Teachers work to support and guide their children through the following stages of development:
We organise pupils’ learning from Year 1 to Year 6 around the following structure:
These key concepts underpin learning in each year group and learning from each area is consolidated and developed three times within each year. This enables pupils to reinforce and build upon prior learning, make connections and develop subject specific language.
Mathematics is taught daily covering a broad and balanced curriculum. Alongside daily Mathematics session, in Years 1 to 6, an additional 15mins is spent focusing on multiplication tables, Big Maths Beat That! and developing mental maths skills to build fluency and precision. We focus not only on the mathematical methods but also focus on mathematical vocabulary and reasoning to broaden and deepen mathematical understanding.
To ensure our children are confident in their ability, and are able to use their knowledge to develop a greater depth of understanding, we use resources where they can solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions. We use a range of textbooks and online resources throughout the school to ensure a curriculum that is specific to each child’s learning needs.
From the 2019/20 academic year onwards, schools in England are required to administer an online multiplication tables check (MTC) to year 4 pupils. The purpose of the MTC is to determine whether pupils can recall their times tables fluently, which is essential for future success in mathematics. To support the children with their multiplication practice we use Times Table Rock Stars as an online and fun learning platform which also offer resources to be used in the classroom.
Through the explicit teaching of the Mathematical skills and key concepts, both the teachers and the pupils assess their learning continuously throughout the lesson and follow the marking and feedback policy. Teachers continually assess children’s progress and achievement by adapting lesson plans on a daily basis.
Pupils’ attainment and progress over time is formally recorded three times each year with teachers making informed judgements using the Classroom Monitor assessment system. Key objectives for Years 1 to 6 are assessed in Mathematics. Teachers also administer PUMA tests, published by Hodder and Stoughton, in autumn, spring and summer to support their judgments.