Maths is studied throughout the school, following the National Curriculum.
At West Cornforth Primary School, we value every pupil and the contribution they have to make. As a result, we aim to ensure that every child achieves success and that all are enabled to develop their skills. Mathematics is both a key skill within school, and a life skill to be utilised throughout every person’s day to day experiences.
- To foster a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive part of the curriculum.
- To develop the ability to think clearly and logically, with confidence, flexibility and independence of thought.
- To develop a deeper understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation.
- To develop an understanding of the connectivity of patterns and relationships within mathematics.
- To develop the ability to apply knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts outside the classroom and become aware of the uses of mathematics in the wider world.
- To develop the ability to use mathematics as a means of communicating ideas.
- To develop an ability and inclination to work both alone and cooperatively to solve mathematical problems.
- To develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self-confidence through a sense of achievement and success.
- To develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of mathematics and an awareness of its aesthetic appeal
Mathematics equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. Mathematics is important in everyday life. It is integral to all aspects of life, and with this in mind, we endeavour to ensure that children develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics that will stay with them. To provide adequate time for developing mathematics, maths is taught daily and discretely. However, application of skills is linked across the curriculum, where appropriate.
The National Curriculum for mathematics (2014) describes in detail what pupils must learn in each year group. Combined with our Calculation Policy, this ensures continuity, progression and high expectations for attainment in mathematics. It is vital that a positive attitude towards mathematics is encouraged amongst all of our pupils in order to foster confidence and achievement in a skill that is essential in our society. At West Cornforth Primary School, we use the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) as the basis of our mathematics programme. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils achieve mastery in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.
Assessment, problem solving, mathematical thinking, development of teacher subject knowledge and an emphasis on investigation are essential components of our approach to this subject.
At West Cornforth Primary School, a variety of teaching and learning styles are used in maths lessons.
Teachers strive to:
- Build children’s confidence and self-esteem.
- Develop children’s independence.
- Allow all children to experience regular success.
- Contextualise mathematics.
- Use practical approaches to mathematics (models and images).
- Encourage children to select resources independently to help them.
- Challenge children of all abilities.
- Encourage children to enjoy mathematics.
- Develop a child’s understanding of mathematical language.
- Learn from teachers, peers and their own mistakes.
- Allow children to ask questions as well as answer them.
Children show confidence in believing that they will achieve and they are keen to attempt a range of maths problems, demonstrating flexibility and fluidity to move between different contexts and representation in maths. Children demonstrate a quick recall of facts and procedures. Children develop skills in being articulate and able to reason verbally, pictorially and in written form. Children develop the ability to make connections between mathematical topics. Children make measurable progress against National Curriculum objectives. Children are able to apply their knowledge to a range of real-life situations. At West Cornforth Primary School, the impact of our curriculum design will be that pupils will have developed mathematical skills and knowledge that they are able to use confidently in the next stage of their school career and be confident in selecting the methods, strategies and resources they need. Through becoming confident and fluent in mathematics, pupils will also develop a sense of enjoyment for the subject.
Overview of Maths at West Cornforth Primary School
Year 1 Maths Overview
Year 2 Maths Overview
Year 3 Maths Overview
Year 4 Maths Overview
Year 5 Maths Overview
Year 6 Maths Overview
Curriculum Progression Maps
Progression Map 1 Number and Number System
Progression Map 2 – Addition and Subtraction
Progression Map 3 – Multiplication and Division
Progression Map 4 – Fractions Including Decimals
Progression Map 5 – Ratio and Proportion
Progression Map 6 – Algebra
Progression Map 7 – Geometry – Properties of Shapes
Progression Map 8 – Geometry Position, Direction and Movement
Progression Map 9 – Statistics
Progression Map 10 – Measurement
Maths Vocabulary Progression Document
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