At Horton Kirby CE Primary School, our Mathematics Curriculum enables everyone to work with confidence and fluency so that they are ready to reason well, solve problems and use mathematics beyond their primary school years and throughout their lives. Maths learning and long term memory is embedded through our curriculum with topics and skills being re-visited frequently and built logically. We ensure that SEND and disadvantaged children are given the necessary support in class to fully access the Maths Curriculum and equal opportunities are given for all to be confident in approaching any problem within the world around them.
We aim to ensure that through understanding the needs of our individual children and delivering a stimulating, challenging curriculum, all pupils will be able to display the following: fluency with calculation recall and use of calculation methods; reasoning mathematically by finding links and making generalisations; solving problems by deciding how to break it into steps and apply the correct calculation or method.
We teach maths to ensure there is full National Curriculum coverage where children are given opportunities to develop their reasoning, problem solving and fluency skills. The maths curriculum ensures progress by planning for effective questioning, differentiation, challenge and independent learning for all.
Pupils will develop crucial life skills such as working collaboratively and communicating confidently with both peers and adults within school. They will engage in the full coverage of the mathematics curriculum each year, ensuring that there is continuous progression of skills from EYFS up to Year 6. Pupils learn maths daily using schemes such as: ‘White Rose’, ‘Primary Stars (KS1)’, ‘Classroom Secrets (KS2)’ and ‘Target Your Maths’ to ensure that national curriculum objectives are covered, and that children are fluent with arithmetic and calculation, but can use this to reason and problem solve. All units of work are taught with a reasoning and problem solving element, once children are fluent with the calculation. Times Tables are taught daily and tested weekly, through the use of Time Table Rock Stars. Weekly Mental Arithmetic is given out as homework in Key Stage 2. Calculation methods are tested weekly in Key Stage 2 also.
As a school, we teach maths for life, as part of cultural heritage and to begin to prepare children for life beyond school by considering the role of mathematics in their daily lives. Through developing maths skills children become better at thinking logically and analytically. Through solving problems, children develop resilience and are able to think creatively and strategically. The skills we teach in maths will enable children to shine in other areas of the curriculum such as computing, geography and science. We want children to be able to leave primary school with the key skills, knowledge and understanding to be successful global citizens.