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Our objective led maths curriculum allows us to track pupil's understanding against our objectives to review their achievement; using this information to inform further planning and provision.

Our curriculum objectives are set for each topic and are based on the National Curriculum objectives.

 

As stated in our curriculum Intent, we also ensure that we are focused on our federation's vision is for all of our children to have the skills and knowledge that they need to be successful in their next stage of their learning and beyond - to be the best that they can be.

Our maths curriculum provides purposeful curriculum experiences that nurture independent learners with a lifelong passion for learning.

Intent of our Maths curriculum:

Maths is crucial to all aspects of modern day life. Many of us use it everyday without even realising it. Here at Furze Platt Primary Federation we are working to ensure that children gain a depth of understanding about mathematical concepts that will enable them to apply their learning in real life scenarios and be confident and resilient in their understanding of maths. We ensure children are fluent in number bonds, times tables and can manipulate numbers. They are able to then reason mathematically using pictorial, concrete and abstract methods such as part/whole model, bar model and written formal methods. Children can then use this knowledge to solve problems, be confident in their explanations and thinkings and see how all areas of maths are interconnected with each other and the real world.

 

Characteristics of our Maths curriculum:

  • Confidence in mental fluency
  • Good knowledge of place value to underpin the whole curriculum
  • Mathematical language used in explanations
  • Mental Arithmetic used daily in lessons
  • High levels of originality, imagination or innovation in the application of skills in problem solving and reasoning
  • Resilient when problem solving and confidence in justifying explanations

 

 

Implementation of our Maths curriculum in KS2:

 

A typical maths lesson:

  • Maths starters that recap prior mathematical learning and knowledge
  •  Mixed ability groups based on confidence but all accessing the same year group curriculum
  • Opportunities for regular fluency work to embed learning of the four operations
  •  Lots of discussion including reasoning and justifying
  • Use of manipulatives 
  • Pictoral and concrete representations of mathematical concepts.
  • Problem solving throughout that build on mathematical understanding
  •  Mini plenaries throughout lessons to share misconceptions, pose questions and challenge ideas
  • We challenge higher attainers by providing them with higher level questioning, enquiry based learning and open-ended tasks. 
  • Children are supported in maths through the use of scaffolds including a variety of concrete and pictorial representations. 

 

  • This is how it works:

  • Some ‘hinge’ questions are completed before each topic to assess children’s prior knowledge of mathematical concept. This informs the teacher of gaps in knowledge and informs planning and target children.
  • For most tasks children select their own point of challenge but know that they can try one point of entry and re-select if necessary. Each challenge is linked to the others – they are not just different tasks.
  • Focus on mathematical language – word bank displays for children to see
  • Many opportunities to talk mathematically 
  • Children are given opportunities to justify and explain their thinking to prove their understanding. 
  • Children given the time they need – may return to a task in the following lesson, not

compartmentalised’ sessions but ‘fluid’.


 

This is how we know how well our pupils are doing:

  •  Tracking Data
  •  Pupil progress meetings
  •  Intervention data
  •  Marking/Feedback - both self, peer and teacher marking
  •  Opportunites for photo evidence of practical maths-Seesaw – Annotated by the child 
  • Frequent end of topic assessments 

 

This is how we use Interventions:

  • Immediate intervention that day for misconceptions in lessons
  • Group intervention to focus on gaps in learning
  •  Structured interventions termly for targeted children
  • Above all, we make Maths fun, relevant, engaging and challenging

Supporting Maths

 

Attached  is our Calculation Policy. This document identifies within which year group we use certain mathematical written methods and also examples of how to use them. Also the Key Instant Recall Facts are included for you to use in the relevant year group. These are facts that children are expected to be able to recall fluently and with confidence.

 

MyMaths is the online website that we use for Maths homework but it also provides clear examples on how we teach Mathematical concepts and calculations.

FPJS Calculation Policy

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