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Maths Curriculum Intent
At Our Lady, Star of the Sea, maths is a curriculum area which provides children with an opportunity to harness their curiosity and develop their resilience in taking on day to day mathematical challenges. Mathematics equips pupils with a 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. An 'Our Lady Star of the Sea's' mathematician would have the following characteristics:
•    Knowledge of number, place value, calculation, geometry, measure and statistics.
•    An understanding of how maths can help in other areas of the curriculum.
•    Fluency in developing fast mental recall of times tables, number facts and arithmetic skills.
•    Ability to reason and justify their thoughts.
•    A genuine interest in how maths will help them in their lives and how it can be used to develop their opportunities in the wider world.
•    The confidence to solve unfamiliar mathematical problems.

 

Maths Curriculum Implementation:
To implement a successful, detailed curriculum, staff will make use of a variety of important pedagogical strategies and resources, including:
•    Range of planning resources to help develop their knowledge and understanding.
•    Daily arithmetic sessions to provide children with an opportunity to revise and recall their daily maths skills and apply it on a regular basis.
•    Regular mental maths skill development to ensure that children can access an array of mathematical strategies.
•    A variety of low stakes retrieval assessment opportunities to allow children to regularly revisit previously taught skills and knowledge.
•    Strong links made between other subjects. Cross curricular opportunities for children to utilise their maths skills in other areas, such as; Geography, Science and ICT.
•    Homework which provides children with an opportunity to practise skills taught in the classroom, alongside exploring their mathematical knowledge in the real world.
•    Termly formative assessment opportunities for staff to gather important data regarding each child’s areas of strength and development.
•    To access a wide breadth of problem solving activities, alongside access to mathematical thinking tasks utilising the NCETM and NRich resources.

 

Maths Curriculum Impact: 
The maths curriculum is developed in a way to help children build up their skills and develop both procedural and conceptual understanding. We measure the impact of mathematics via the following strategies;
•    Pupil discussions about their learning.
•    1:1, small group and whole class feedback opportunities.
•    Summative and formative assessment opportunities.
•    Staff learning walks, staff meetings and pupil progress/ conference meeting with management.

Aims and Values

 

Maths is more than a school subject. It is essential in the fields of science and technology but is an element in most forms of employment, as well as being a crucial part of personal financial literacy and household management. A child’s ability to calculate; apply knowledge; to communicate fluently; to reason and to solve problems mathematically, forms the backbone of their education for life. As their knowledge and understanding grows, children should be able to identify the practical relevance of this subject and be able to apply their skills in an ever wider set of familiar and new contexts. Yet, this will only be possible if the children’s appreciation of the subject is also nurtured.

 

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.

(National Curriculum July 2014)

 

Aims:

 

At Our Lady, Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School we aim to help children:

 

  • enjoy maths through practical activity, exploration and discussion
  • understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life
  • become confident and competent with numbers and the number system
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
  • develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry,
  • spot relationships across domains, make generalisations and express an opinion using mathematical language
  • solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps
  • keep persevering in seeking solutions
  • develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of maths; awareness of its aesthetic appeal
  • see the historic context and present day relevance of mathematics
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