Maths Curriculum

Intent

Our intent at St Hugh of Lincoln, is to provide an outstanding Mathematics curriculum for all our pupils. Mathematics contributes widely to our Catholic identity and the shared development of our values and beliefs. Through staff collaboration, consistent planning and excellent teaching, we have implemented a rich and exciting Mathematics curriculum.

We strive to ensure that Mathematics work is meaningful and purposeful with a strong focus on embedding problem solving across the school. We wish pupils to feel confident and competent when using mathematics to enable them to make sense of the world and to solve real-life problems.

Implementation

Throughout the school, children are given opportunities to engage in practical work using relevant materials and equipment, this is considered essential as the basis for the acquisition of the key concepts in Mathematics. Alongside this, the children also learn fundamental number facts and relationships which are the foundation of future work in Mathematics.

At St Hugh of Lincoln, we use the Power Maths scheme of work ensure progression, coverage and depth of knowledge for all learners.

Key Stage 1

The main focus within Mathematics in Key Stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency within whole numbers, counting and place value and also to begin to embed these skills in their problem solving. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations. Children are encouraged to use mathematical vocabulary when discussing different topics. Mathematical vocabulary is displayed in classrooms and around our school to ensure that children have access to it on a day to day basis.

Key Stage 2

In Key Stage 2, children continue strengthening their knowledge and understanding of the four operations and apply this knowledge in a variety of ways solving problems and completing a variety of investigations.

At St Hugh of Lincoln, we acknowledge the importance of children being able to apply mathematical knowledge to real life experiences; it is essential, therefore, that children develop strong mental maths skills to achieve this. To become confident in developing mental maths strategies, the children must know their times tables. Regular practise is planned for in the delivery of mathematics but we do ask that extra time is spent learning these number facts at home.

The 2014 Mathematics National Curriculum expects that by the end of Year 4, children will know all the times tables facts up to 12 x 12.  Please work with us to encourage your child to learn their times tables.

Mastery Approach

Through Power Maths, we take a Mastery approach to our teaching. We want all of our pupils to do as well as they can so this ensures that all pupils get the same learning opportunities reflected in their work with scaffolding, support and challenge available for all. Pupils who fall behind are supported to catch up quickly through additional and different provision on top of the whole class sessions.

Early Morning Intervention Groups

Teacher led Early Morning Intervention groups take place every morning in all classes between 8.50 and 9.15. These are open to all children who have found the previous Maths lesson difficult in order to help improve their understanding before moving on in the next Maths lesson.

Impact

We are ambitious for all pupils to reach at least ARE, please see our website for our most recent results.

A range of formal and informal assessments are carried out by all teachers to ensure that each child progresses at their own rate. This allows children to work towards their own personalised targets and help them become independent learners.  Throughout the school children are taught mathematics by their class teacher in mixed ability classes. All pupils have a daily mathematics lesson, in addition to the daily lesson, various intervention groups are in place in school to support all learners.

A range of formal and informal assessments are carried out by all teachers to ensure that each child progresses at their own rate. This allows children to work towards their own personalised targets and help them become independent learners.  Throughout the school children are taught mathematics by their class teacher in mixed ability classes. All pupils have a daily mathematics lesson, in addition to the daily lesson, various intervention groups are in place in school to support all learners.

Useful Websites:

National curriculum in England:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-mathematics-programmes-of-study

https://whiterosemaths.com/schemes-of-learning/primary-sols/