The aim of our maths curriculum is to develop a culture of deep understanding, confidence and competence in maths – a culture that produces strong, secure learning and real progress. We want to ensure that our pupils are resilient mathematicians who become independent, reflective thinkers whose skills support them across the curriculum.
We teach Maths using the White Rose Maths scheme from Reception to Year 6, an approach to teaching maths developed by a small team, who are dedicated to developing a maths education for everyone. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding are at the heart of the scheme. It uses the Concrete Pictorial Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to explore a topic through units divided into small steps. Ideas are built on previous knowledge and mathematical concepts from the year group before. Pupils are taught through fluency 5 which supports them to be secure in different forms and representations of mathematical concepts. Once secure in fluency 5 they are taught and encouraged to practise their problem solving and reasoning skills within each lesson. All children are encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking and opportunities to use the correct language are used at every opportunity.
We teach arithmetic skills from Year 2 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 too 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 each maths lesson and we use Times Tables Rockstars as a tool to help develop fluency.