Mathematics Curriculum Statement
At Deanwood Primary School, we are MATHEMATICIANS! We want our children to love Maths! We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and grow up with secure mathematical understanding which will assist them in whichever career path they take, as well as in their daily lives. In order to successfully deliver a structured, rich curriculum with a clear progression of skills, we follow the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum for mathematics. At Deanwood Primary School, our approach to teaching mathematics is intended to support all of our children in becoming young, confident mathematicians; prepare them for their next stage of mathematical learning at secondary school, and to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in everyday situations in order to be successful in life beyond school. We intend to do this, on a daily basis, through developing all children’s fluency in all areas of the mathematics national curriculum; providing opportunities to reason mathematically; and also develop children’s using and applying skills when solving increasingly more complex problems involving a range of mathematical knowledge.
Mathematics is taught on a daily basis throughout the school – EYFS to Year 6. Each class in KS1 and KS2 provide a minimum of 1 hour of mathematics per day. A mix of adult led and teacher led activities are put together for children in EYFS.
The use of White Rose medium term planning is adapted to create a bespoke curriculum designed to meet the needs of our children and to allow for opportunities for revisit and retention, ensuring full coverage of the national curriculum for mathematics and providing a broad and balanced spread of all areas of the curriculum. Teachers are confident to manipulate this planning in the short term in order to meet the needs of all of our children.
Using the school’s progression of skills document, the teaching of mathematics year to year builds progressively on the skills taught in previous year groups.
On a daily basis, children, regardless of their ability, in KS1 and KS2 are provided with opportunities to become more fluent in their learning, to reason mathematically and to solve a range of problems. This is done using a range of sources such as White Rose Maths, Number Sense, SATs practice questions and additional support that teachers recognise as useful for supporting additional areas of maths.
We use Times Table Rock Stars to enthuse the children in learning times tables.
The Calculation Policy is provided to all staff to encourage a set way to support children in tackling calculations and to demonstrate which steps may come before or after when supporting pupils with additional needs, or in moving higher ability pupils on.
Learning is differentiated to meet the needs of the children within the class whilst still providing each child with the opportunity to achieve the learning intentions to meet the expectations of their year group.
Interventions are put in place, such as Precision Teaching to support children where necessary.
A clear success criteria is given to children so they understand the steps involved in becoming successful in their learning.
Opportunities to collaborate in pairs or small groups are given regularly so children can learn from and support each other.
Opportunities to use Teach Active to make maths physical is also encouraged and provided.
Opportunities for peer and self-assessment are provided weekly so children are given instant feedback in their learning.
Quality first teaching is provided throughout the school along with effective teacher modelling along with effective assessment for learning to make sure children are moved on in their learning or supported when finding it difficult.
Cross-curricular links are provided when opportunities arise, particularly through the use of Computing and History.
Mathematics 'working walls' are in each classroom to provide key information and vocabulary with modelled examples to support learning. Weekly merit assemblies focus on a ‘number of the week’ and celebrate children’s achievements on TT Rockstars.
Number fluency is continually developed within early years: our Mathematical curriculum covers ‘Number and Numerical Patterns.’ Children participate in short maths sessions daily in Reception and are given time to explore mathematical concepts, test ideas, develop their understanding and practise taught skills through play. Maths can be found in all areas of our provision and children experience it in a purposeful and meaningful context within their play and daily routines. Our mud kitchen, construction areas and domestic role play are just some of the areas in which children can explore number, shape, space and measures. Children are encouraged to use their mathematical understanding and skills to solve real-life problems and practitioners are trained to identify and extend opportunities to foster this.
Our teaching of, and curriculum for, mathematics will lead to outstanding progress over time across all key stages relative to each individual child’s starting point. It is designed to prepare children for their future in and outside of education so they can become successful in whatever they pursue by leaving our school at least at the expected standard for their age. Our rich and broad mathematics curriculum aims to make the children enthusiastic about learning mathematics and gain an understanding of its importance in everyday life.
Age related expectations for each year group: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335158/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Mathematics_220714.pdf
Development Matters PDF for Nursery and Reception pupils: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1007446/6.7534_DfE_Development_Matters_Report_and_illustrations_web__2_.pdf
KS1 exemplification materials: (KS2 does not have one as data is reliant on KS2 SATS results) https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/763056/2018_key_stage_1_teacher_assessment_exemplification_mathematics.pdf
KS1 Practice SATS papers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-1-tests-2022-mathematics-test-materials
Multiplication Timestables Check for Year 4: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1116420/2023_Information_for_parents_Multiplication_tables_check_Nov_22_PDFA.pdf
KS2 Practice SATS papers: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/key-stage-2-tests-2022-mathematics-test-materials
A guide for finding stats and fluency on TT Rockstars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=phxP5_OhOtk
Useful websites for maths games: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting
https://www.sumdog.com/en/ (requires subscription but is free!)