The national curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- reasoning mathematically
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.
We aim to ensure all our children are competent mathematicians, both mentally and on paper, who can apply their mastery of mathematical skills to the wider world. Our maths vision is to deliver clear, engaging and challenging maths to enable our children to become confident and competent mathematicians.
At English Martyrs, mastery approaches will permeate through the curriculum for all children, regardless of age or academic ability. We define mastery as the ability to select from a detailed toolkit of skills and techniques, which are built upon as each child moves through school. The White Rose Maths planning resources are used as a starting point to ensure a balanced coverage of objectives in line with national expectations and that concepts are broken down into small steps. Teachers deliver academic content and challenge children with thinking and reasoning skills to enable children to select appropriate skills and techniques to solve real life problems. Children will be provided with opportunities to deepen their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts; all children will provided with the opportunity to access depth challenges, regardless of academic ability starting points. Pupils will have access to tasks and resources that enable them to meet their potential.
Children are taught maths through a ‘concrete – pictorial – abstract’ process (CPA). The children start their maths journey by exploring ‘concrete’ maths by manipulating physical objects such as counters, beads, weights and shapes to investigate a problem. While in this process, the children are encouraged to draw diagrams or pictures to support their ‘concrete’ experiences. These may take the form of informal jottings and images or the more formal pictorial representations of a part-part-whole model or bar model. The next stage in the learning journey is the ‘abstract’ in which children make the connections between the concrete and pictorial to find solutions. Children are encouraged to make connections in all areas of maths and to reason about these connections. As children progress throughout school, they are encouraged to be more independent learners and to access their own chosen manipulatives to aid their mathematical understanding. We believe it is important that all children have access to concrete resources, no matter of ability or year group.
Developing a fluent recall of number facts is promoted through explicit maths lessons, daily 'fast maths' opportunities and through the use of games. In the Early Years and Key Stage One, Numbots is accessible to promote fluency in number recognition and mental addition and subtraction. In Years 2-6, can access Times Tables Rockstars to develop their fluent recall and understanding of multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12.
Where possible, children will be given opportunities to apply their skills in real life situations and in other subject areas across the curriculum.