Maths is everywhere!

Curriculum 

We are committed to providing a maths curriculum which is tailored to meet the needs of our children. As with every other subject, oracy is one of our drivers and teachers employ a range of strategies to support language development. Oracy is a key learning tool in maths and the teaching of mathematical vocabulary and stem sentences is a driver for pupil understanding, developing the confidence of pupils to explain mathematically. A further emphasis is placed on practical, visual, multi-sensory and collaborative learning to ensure that all children can take part.

Reception

Reception follows the Early Years Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. Delivery is further supported by the Birth to 5 Matters guidance.

KS1 and KS2

As a response to missed learning from the last two academic years, we have made the decision to base this year’s maths curriculum on the DfE’s ‘Mathematics Guidance for KS1 and KS2’. This lays out a set of ‘Ready-to-Progress’ criteria for each year group. To complement this with wider coverage of the National Curriculum for maths, Key Stages 1 and 2 are using the NCETM’s Curriculum Prioritisation planning guidance. More information on this can be found at the following link:

www.ncetm.org.uk/classroom-resources/cp-curriculum-prioritisation-in-primary-maths/

The following PDFs detail the ‘Ready-to-Progress ‘ criteria and the curriculum coverage for each year group.

Year 1 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Year 2 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Year 3 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Year 4 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Year 5 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Year 6 Curriculum Map 2021-22
Maths Progression Map
Maths Subject Plan

Basic Skills

KS1 and KS2 each have daily 10-minute basic skills sessions. These are oral, mental and practical and aim to support recall and reinforce learning. The focus of these basic skills sessions are key number facts. KS1 have a focus on addition and subtraction facts, and KS2 focus on multiplication and division facts.  Each year group has termly key number fact targets which children work towards.

Assessment

Children are informally assessed on an ongoing basis. This assessment includes the use of the suggested assessment questions from the DfE’s ‘Ready to Progress’ materials. Teachers then adapt their teaching as necessary.

Enrichment

We strive to raise the profile of mathematics across all subjects and in the wider life of the school. We wish to encourage positive attitudes towards mathematics for all in our school community, making connections to real life contexts and celebrating our enjoyment of mathematics. The idea that ‘Maths is Everywhere’ forms the basis of our enrichment activities.

Our aims aligned with those of the Liverpool Counts Quality Mark and it was our commitment to those aims which helped us to proudly achieve the Silver Quality Mark in December 2021.

How did I use maths this weekend?

Each Monday morning, staff talk to children about how they have used maths at home during the weekend. Pupil voice surveys have shown that this significantly improves children’s awareness of how maths is all around us.

Lunchtime Maths Club

Lunchtime Maths Club has always proved popular. We run a range of activities including tangrams, traditional games from other cultures and building structures.

 

After-School Clubs

We try to ensure that many of our after-school clubs incorporate maths. Our clubs so far this year have supported problem solving, logical thinking, reasoning, shape, recall of key number facts and subitising. These clubs include:

  • Boardgame Club
  • Fun and Games Club
  • Origami Club
  • iPad Club

Puzzle of the Week

Each week, children have the opportunity to complete the Puzzle of the Week. Entrants post their answers into our Puzzle Postbox. A child’s entry is drawn from the correct answers and they are awarded a prize in our weekly celebration assembly.

Maths Party Day

Each class had fun with maths on Maths Party Day. Some classes made party hats and decorations. Year 5 created tessellation art and Year 2 created colourful geometric posters to put up around their classroom. We then ate party food, played lots of maths games (indoors and outdoors!) and danced to maths songs.

NSPCC Number Day

Our children love finding out more about the adults in our school community, so they spent Number Day completing our ‘Find someone who…’ maths trail. Children were given maths-related questions and statements (such as ‘Who is shorter than Miss Connearn?’ or ‘Who lives 2 miles away from school?’). Children had to use their oracy skills and work collaboratively to find the answers. Prizes were given for effort! Classes also carried out their own fun activities.

 

Gecko Maths

Year 6 teamed up with our Year 6 friends from St. Clare’s Catholic Primary School in our Gecko Maths tournament. Children from each school joined forces to create fifteen teams, each aiming to win the competition. Teams had to solve a selection of challenging maths problems and won points, not only for correct answers, but also clear explanations as to how they solved it!