We truly believe that every child can succeed in mathematics.
At Gossops Green, we want every child to fully understand the maths that they will use in their everyday lives: telling the time; using money in real-life situations, measuring in different contexts including mass (weight), length and capacity, and how the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) are used in all areas of problem solving. We focus on using mental strategies as a first resort and build up to using informal and formal written methods.
Maths Curriculum Intent
Our vision is to ensure all learners have the skills to enable them to enjoy and succeed in mathematics. Our maths curriculum is based on three core principles: to provide learners with a deep conceptual understanding of mathematical principles;to develop the ability to confidently communicate in precise mathematical language, and to become mathematical thinkers. We aim to teach transferable mathematical skills and embed maths across the curriculum.
Progressive layering of knowledge, embedded in long-term memory:
To develop a deep and secure understanding of the concept of number and numerical patterns
To ensure secure understanding of basic skills including number bonds and times table facts
To use a range of jottings and strategies to support their mathematical processes
To understand and be able to use the appropriate mental and written methods for the four operations
To reinforce concepts taught in previous year groups before expanding upon them
Conceptual Understanding – occurs when new information and ideas are incorporated into pupils’ existing knowledge framework and includes:
To develop pupils’ abilities to use their reasoning skills to solve problems and explain their answers and ideas
To independently attempt to problem solve using a range of strategies and appropriate reasoning
To teach pupils how to use mathematical talk when problem solving
To progressively build on and develop mathematical vocabulary
To develop a love of maths
Maths Curriculum Implementation
To achieve our intent, our Maths curriculum will provide the following:
Teaching is adapted to support pupils with additional needs, including English as an Additional Language
Work is plannedto challenge all pupils regardless of their ability
Ethos in lessons develops a love of maths and problem solving through a safe environment where mistakes are part of the learning process
Hinge questions are used by teachers to adapt the lesson to the needs of the children
Regular repetition of skills is built into thecurriculum to enable learning to be stored in the long-term memory
Real life situations such as using money, time and measurement
Opportunities for concrete, pictorial and abstract learning across the school
Practical learning in both the indoor and outdoor classrooms
Our Mathematics Curriculum Map includes:
Calculation policies for each of the four operationsshowinga progressive, sequential journey of knowledge, strategiesandmethods
Key vocabulary to be taught and modelled to support mathematical understanding
Maths frameworks show sequential learning and help identify, and therefore pre-empt, misconceptions
Maths Curriculum Impact
Pupils enjoy the challenge of learning new mathematical skills and using these to problem solve and reason in a range of mathematical contexts
Pupilsshow resilience when tackling a problem and have a range of strategies they can apply
Pupils are given opportunities to identify patterns and relationships in maths and can make connections across the different areas of maths
Pupils can apply their mathematical skills across a range of different curriculum subjects
Pupils understand and use a wide range ofmathematical vocabulary
Pupils leave primary school having a range of mental and written strategies to apply to real-life maths situations
Parents and carers will have a good understanding of how they can support mathsat home
Our basic maths curriculum is based on the White Rose scheme and adopts their aim of developing a “new culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths”. Our children are exposed to key concepts in different ways to allow them to develop their understanding and challenge their thinking. We use the ‘Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract’ approach in our maths lessons. Children explore concepts and ideas using a variety of concrete equipment including Numicon, diennes and place value counters, before moving onto pictorial representations of the maths and finally, completing abstract calculations, either mentally or using formal written methods. Please see our calculation policies below for full details.
We use Numbots from Reception to Year 2. All children have their own unique log in which means that they can go online and play times tables games in a safe and secure online platform. Children have an avatar and an online name to ensure that children are safe online. Numbots allows the children to practise their number facts in a fun and engaging way.
Times Tables Rockstars
From Year 3 upwards, we also use Times Tables Rockstars. All children have their own unique log in which means that they can go online and play times tables games in a safe and secure online platform. Children have an avatar and an online name to ensure that children are safe online. Our year 6 pupils in particular get very competitive, especially when they challenge the teachers!
MyMaths is a whole-school interactive resource for use in the classroom and at home that is easy to use alongside any other maths resources to consolidate learning. All children in Key Stage 2 will have their maths homework set on MyMaths and this offers them a chance to practise key skills before answering a set of questions to consolidate their understanding. Each child has a unique login to the platform.