Maths

Curriculum Intent

At St Joseph’s we take great care in the teaching of mathematics from EYFS through to Year 6 and preparing children for every stage of their learning.  Our emphasis is on problem solving and investigating maths through everyday situations and real life scenarios.

At St Joseph’s we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics. We believe that at each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate deep, conceptual understanding of a concept and build on this over time. We want children to be able to not only recall and use the maths taught but to also be able to transfer and apply it in different contexts, being able to reason and problem solve. This deep learning is what we are aiming for by teaching maths using the mastery approach.

 

Aims

The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing confidence, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
 

Curriculum Implementation

At St Joseph’s we have developed a bespoke curriculum alongside the expertise of Tara Loughran – Primary Mathematics consultant. Our curriculum allows teachers and learners to achieve a secure and deep understanding of each Mathematical concept. It is designed to give us the opportunity to address key points individually, ensure that children have a secure and deep understanding of those points, before offering the opportunity to ‘go deeper’ within them. Our curriculum ensures that small steps of progression are followed to develop coherent learning and deep understanding. We place a key focus on all aspects of measure, ensuring that these are taught within each and every concept covered and not just as stand-alone elements of mathematics. Each year group has a carefully designed yearly overview to ensure tight progression across the whole school.

In Early Years, the principles of the EYFS Framework are followed, and there is the opportunity to ‘Explore Maths’ and develop their understanding of Mathematical concepts through continuous provision.

 

5 Part Lesson structure

We have designed a 5 part lesson structure that has reasoning and problem solving at its core. A typical lesson incorporates these five elements:

  • Review and Do
  • HOOK
  • Active maths
  • Main teach
  • Plenary

 

Mastery teaching and learning: In every Mathematics lesson you will see the following:

 

  • Teaching tailored to meet the needs of the learners in each class, and immediate ‘keep up’ intervention to address gaps in learning where necessary.
  • Resilient learners with Growth Mindsets and a ‘We Can’ attitude to Mathematics, whatever their previous level of attainment.
  • Teachers using high-quality effective questioning to explore children’s understanding and develop it further
  • Teachers making use of misconceptions to further understanding of key concepts.
  • Children taking on the role of ‘Grand Masters’ to model clear thinking and methods.

 

Active Maths

At St Joseph’s we recognise the importance of promoting physical activity whist delivering the maths curriculum. ‘Active maths’ is incorporated into daily maths sessions to reduce the risk of passive learning and promote higher levels of engagement amongst all pupil groups.

 

Pupil Voice 

We feel it is important that we listen to the feedback of our children at St Joseph’s and they are very positive about their maths lessons. 

 "I love working with the Numicon. It helps me to understand maths better."

 "I love the tricky problems our teacher gives us. They are hard but great fun."

“Active Maths gets blood to our brains and makes us work even harder.”

 

Useful Websites

Below are some links to websites that you may like to try out with your children:

All Children have access to Time Table Rockstars. They each have a username and password that they can use to practice at home

BBC Bitesize- This link will take you to the Bitesize homepage. From here click on the correct key stage button and it will lead you to some great maths resources linked to what your child has been learning. 

Maths Zone- A great website full of games, mainly for KS2.

Super Maths World- Great games for KS2. Children can log in as a guest or create an account. 

Cool Maths- Another website full of interactive games.