Maths

     

Maths makes us confident, curious and creative problem solvers.

Intent:

The Maths curriculum is designed to equip students with the tools they need to apply Maths to real life contexts. Maths at St. Columba’s is for all and we aim for all pupils to be able to: 

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.  
  • be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios  
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.  
  • have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.

Implementation:

The whole school follows a mastery approach which is based on the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract to support mathematical understanding. Clear modelling and scaffolding are integral to supporting pupils in lessons.  The whole school approach to oracy helps children explore their ideas in Maths and to reason with confidence. Children have a Maths lesson of at least one hour every day with same day intervention where necessary in addition to this lesson. Targeted and regular intervention allows children to explore their misconceptions and become more resilient when finding work challenging. A metacognitive approach means that pupils are encouraged to access strategies which worked well for them in previous lessons. The use of pre-assessment and knowledge organisers means that pupils’ prior learning is activated in order to introduce new and related content. 

Impact: 

What will this look like? 

By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately. 

They should have the skills to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. 

Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.  Most importantly, children will have felt confident and successful in Maths lessons which will enable them to transfer their knowledge in this subject into the next phase of their education.

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