Purpose of Study
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of Maths 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 (Purpose of Study, National Curriculum 2014, DFE).
To 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.
To be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
To be able to 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.
How is the Maths Curriculum Organised?
Children are taught in mixed age classes and grouped according to age and ability. Daily lessons delivered across the school using an internally designed scheme of work. This organises mathematical learning outcomes into progressive sets of year group objectives. Particular focus is made regarding the retention and application of these skills (mastery). In EYFS, children are also given the opportunity to apply their skills through a wide range of independent and adult guided learning activities throughout the day
How Is Maths Taught and what Resources Are Used?
In each class, teachers allocate time for Pupil Conferences in maths. Here the teacher gets the opportunity to work along individual pupils or small groups to identify gaps and misconceptions in pupil learning so that they can address these quickly. Teaching assistant are often deployed to support children through precision teaching to address gaps identified through marking and feedback or pupil conferencing.
If pupils are not achieving within the year group expectations, they are discussed with the SENCO and, if necessary, additional resources and adult support are put in place e.g., IT-based programmes or small group tuition.
The following resources are used to teach and assess the development of age appropriate mathematical skills:-
- Hamilton Maths Scheme that provides weekly and daily planning linked to activities, textbook exercises and on-line resources.
- Headstart Word Problems (commercially available resource)
- Espresso and Purple mash (supplementary online resources)
- Wide range of practical resources
How is Maths Assessed at Charlesworth?
Maths is assessed by a combination of teacher assessment and formal tests. This is achieved through the following procedures:-
- Pupil Conference Records
- Year group target sheets in the front/back of books
- Progress tracking grids (termly)
- Termly summative assessment tests
- Weekly number recall tests (e.g., times tables)
Progress and attainment in maths is assessed against a set of expectations for each year group (click here to download booklet)