Maths Curriculum Statement

Intent

Our Mathematics curriculum has been specifically tailored to meet the unique context of our schools. It is designed to be broad and balanced, providing all pupils with the opportunity to master their learning, develop their skills and deepen their knowledge whilst making sense and giving purpose as to why we learn Mathematics. At Broughton Jewish, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts.

We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject with the ability to reason mathematically and solve every day problems. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the beauty and power of Mathematics.

 

At Broughton Jewish we believe that all pupils can achieve in mathematics and we believe in a ‘Mastery’ approach where Mathematics is a journey and long-term goal achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of a mathematical topic and be able to build on this over time. We believe that children should be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios as their understanding of a mathematical topic becomes deeper.

The 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics

  • Are able to reason mathematically

  • Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics

 

At Broughton Jewish we intend that the Maths curriculum will:

  • Build a Maths curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills so that all pupils know more, remember more and understand more.

  • Provide opportunities across all curricular areas for the development and application of Maths skills to help all pupils know more, remember more and understand more.

  • Build a curriculum which develops a love of fluency and reasoning to access the whole curriculum.

  • Promote a love for learning through daily basic skills games in maths lessons.

  • Allow children to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.

  • Develop a conceptual understanding and concrete knowledge in the four rules of number as well as the ability to recall and apply knowledge accurately.

  • Encourage children to reason mathematically through following lines of enquiry.

  • Equip our children with the knowledge and skills to problem solve as well as develop an argument and justify answers using mathematical language.

  • Encourage our children to be inquisitive mathematical learners and applying their understanding to a variety of routine and non-routine problems.

  • Develop their resilience so that they are able to persevere in seeking solutions.

  • Provide our children with an abundance of mathematical opportunities, which enables them to make the connections needed to reach greater depth learning.

  • Allow children to appreciate the importance of mathematics and how it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment

  • Provide a love of STEM through engaging and exciting opportunities across the school.

 

Implementation

The intent of our Maths curriculum is delivered and embedded across our maths lessons and the teaching of maths skills in the wider curriculum. Our curriculum follows the aims of the National Curriculum for Maths 2014 and Development Matters but also ensures that cross curricular links with concurrent topic work are woven into the programme of study. Our children benefit from a rich curriculum which is age-appropriate and designed to enable them to make effective progression and to master the age-related expectations for their year group. Throughout the school we use a variety of strategies to ensure our children achieve mathematical fluency.

 

We use a challenging maths programme, White Rose from Reception through to Year 6. White Rose is a programme of study developed to deepen understanding, confidence and competency in maths. This programme takes the children from concrete, to pictorial and then to abstract so that the calculation is no longer process lead but conceptualised. We support the children through a range of resources to supplement our maths programme. Active maths is used to provide the children with a stronger understanding of the concrete application of maths and embeds understanding through the use of VAK (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic) strategies. My Maths supports the pictorial understanding of mathematical skills and can move the children into bar modelling if they are finding the process difficult. PiXL is effectively used alongside Twinkl and IDL to provide differentiated support for children who need to focus more on moving pictorial to abstract concepts.

In addition to daily maths lessons, children are provided opportunities for mathematical challenge with all Year groups having maths challenges at their disposal. Apps are used for tables and big maths is used weekly to keep basic skills at the centre of our learning. We use a wide variety of quality resources to motivate and inspire our children. We also provide enrichment opportunities, such as maths challenges for the more able with our cluster group, older year groups working alongside younger year groups, mad minutes and additional support through volunteers to stretch the more able. We also link our learning with other curriculum areas especially in our STEM programme this year.

Impact

At Broughton Jewish a high-quality mathematical education aims to develop a range of reasoning and problem-solving skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas, particularly Science, Geography and Computing. We seek to have a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in becoming competent and confident mathematicians. The structure of the mathematics curriculum at our schools ensures that all children are taught the strands expected from the 2014 National Curriculum. We aim to challenge each and every pupil to help them to achieve success in Mathematics by developing a growth mindset, resilience and a love for the subject. This ensures that we are able to maintain high standards of attainment above that of local and national standard.

Our curriculum will ensure that our children:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Are able to reason mathematically
  • Can solve a range of problems by applying their mathematics
  • Reach age related expectations and are ready for the next stage of their education
  • Can carry out calculations with fluency
  • Enjoy maths and be able to be resilient when faced with a difficult problem
  • Have a sophisticated bank of strategies to solve complicated problems
  • Are engaged, active, enthusiastic learners
  •  Enjoy their learning and can talk confidently about their progress and attainment