Maths

Subject Leaders: Mrs Derrington, Miss Barsby and Mr Eades

Aims

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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

  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language

can 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
 

Coverage

The National Curriculum covers many strands of mathematics. They are:

Number

  • Place value

  • Addition and Subtraction

  • Multiplication and Division

  • Fractions

Measurement

Geometry

  • Properties of 2d and 3d shape

  • Position and direction

Statistics

Ratio

Algebra

For more detail about coverage in individual year groups, please refer to the following link:

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

In the Early Years and Foundation Stage, maths follows the Development Matters framework, with the areas being “Numbers” and “Shape, Space and Measure.”

How the subject is taught at Christ Church

Mathematics is taught as practically as possible, with teachers frequently using images as well as kinaesthetic tools for children to manipulate. We believe this practical approach enables children to understand the mathematics behind the concept being taught rather than simply learning a method to achieve an outcome. Once children have had input on an area of mathematics and had time to practise, they are then given more open-ended tasks to deepen their understanding and demonstrate their ability to apply their learning.

Calculation is taught following the school’s calculation policy and, in Key stages 1 and 2, children are given regular opportunities to practice their arithmetic skills. In Key Stage 2, children take part in times table clubs whereby they are encouraged to recall facts rapidly and have weekly opportunities to practise their tables at speed. Mental maths is an integral part of the mathematics curriculum and is taught and practised either discretely during warm-ups and plenaries or more overtly during short mental maths sessions.

In the Early years, maths is taught both discretely and through cross-curricular opportunities. It is mostly taught through practical activities, often in partners or groups, with an emphasis on problem solving and mathematical exploration.
 

Assessment

Children’s outcomes in lessons are used to inform planning. At the end of a unit of work each child is assessed against the subjects National Curriculum objectives using must, should and could criteria. By the end of the school year the class teacher will have built a record of all children’s progress in their cohort for subject leaders to analyse and new class teachers can use them to gain a picture of new classes progress and attainment in order to inform planning and teaching.
 

Opportunities for the application of maths, literacy and computing skills

  • Computing: drawing graphs; using angles in coding software
  • Science: distances of planets from the sun; reading scales when measuring temperature; converting units of measurement
  • P.E: counting; using time; statistics
  • D.T: ratio and proportion in cookery; measurement and conversions; fractions
  • Geography: atlas work
  • History: timelines
  • MFL: using numbers to count in other languages