Snapethorpe Primary School is committed to the engaging delivery of Mathematics across the age ranges. We aim to show the children the enjoyment in Mathematics and to foster a curiosity for the subject.
The aim of our Maths curriculum at Snapethorpe Primary is to develop deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths. We want to ensure that our pupils become independent with skills that support them across the curriculum. We aim to help all children to become fluent in Mathematics, developing a conceptual understanding of different aspects of Mathematics as well as the ability to recall and apply knowledge quickly and accurately. Pupils should reason using mathematical vocabulary and be able to solve a range of problems.
Each year group covers specific units in Mathematics each term, these are based on the White Rose Maths Schemes of Learning 3.0. The information relating to coverage each term can be found on the long term planning documents, more detail relating to curriculum coverage is found on the half termly skills maps for Maths and daily teaching slides.
In doing all of these things, we want to improve outcomes for all pupils across school in Maths. By the end of the academic year, we want to increase the percentage of pupils who reach age related expectations in Maths in each year group compared to the end of the previous academic year.
Our approach to the Maths curriculum is designed to develop children’s knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts from the Early Years through to the end of Year 6 using varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning opportunities. We teach Maths using guidance from the White Rose Maths documents throughout school (Reception to Year 6) as well as the National Curriculum. Our Long Term Plans are created using support from the yearly overview mapped out by White Rose Maths but are adapted when required to meet the needs of our pupils.
Maths lessons start with a teaching input before pupils progress to completing solo, paired or group activities relating to the objective. During the whole class teaching session, pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical concepts.
Lessons from Year 1 – Year 6 will usually include examples of varied fluency before progressing to reasoning and problem solving opportunities to support conceptual understanding of objectives. Pupils complete “Fluency 5” questions which supports them to be secure in different concepts. Once secure they are taught and encouraged to practice their problem solving and reasoning skills within each lesson as appropriate. Children are encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking.
In Reception following teacher input the children will then access enhanced provision within the areas with opportunities linked to the current learning in Maths.
Our Calculation Policy is used across school to ensure a consistent approach to teaching the four operations over time.
We teach arithmetic skills from Year 2 to Year 6 (Year 1 from Autumn 2) using Early Bird Maths every morning. Early Bird Maths is a series of 21 questions relating to Maths arithmetic objectives that children complete independently for 15 minutes at the start of the day before discussing and marking the responses as a class. Early Bird Maths teaches children to revisit and apply arithmetic skills every day and their skills develop as they progress through each year in school. The aim of Early Bird Maths is to consolidate learning and provide pupils with opportunities to develop strong arithmetic skills to support learning in all areas of Maths. Multiplication tables are developed at the beginning of some Maths lessons, we use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help pupils develop fluency. Pupils in Year 3 – Year 6 complete TTRS three times per week. Year 2 also complete TTRS but this is adapted and built on over time.
Year 4 have additional times table sessions in preparation for the Multiplication Tables Check.
Appropriate interventions are put in place for those children struggling to achieve at their year group expected level and there are range of materials for use throughout the school.
Assessment informs the teaching and learning sequence in each class/year group. Feedback is given on children’s learning in line with our Presentation, Marking and Feedback Policy.
In order to support teacher judgments, pupils are assessed using current and reliable tests in line with the National Curriculum for Maths.
At the end of each term, pupils in Year 2 – Year 5 complete a White Rose Maths assessment. The data for these assessments is analysed by the Maths Subject Leader. Teachers can use the information for the assessments to feed into future planning. Year 2 and Year 6 pupils also complete SATs style papers on occasions throughout the year.
Reception pupils complete the Reception Baseline Assessment.
As a result of Maths teaching at Snapethorpe Primary we hope to raise the percentage of pupils attaining at or above expected standard in each year group (Y1-Y6) in Maths compared to the end of the 2021-2022 academic year. In Year 2 we hope to raise our school data to be more in line with National in the same way that Year 6 was at the end of 2022. Data analysis throughout the academic year should show that pupils are making progress within the Maths curriculum across each year group.
We teach arithmetic skills from Year 1 to Year 6 using Early Bird Maths every morning. This teaches children to revisit and apply new arithmetic skills everyday and their skills develop as they progress through each year in school. The aim of this is to consolidate learning and provide pupils with opportunities to develop strong arithmetic skills to support learning in all areas of Maths. Multiplication tables are taught at the beginning of Maths lessons, we use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help develop fluency.
This document shows the objectives for the different areas of Mathematics and how they progress in each year group.
To find further information relating to learning in individual year groups, please use the year group tabs on the website homepage.