Maths at Stonebridge
Our Whole School Maths Curriculum & Progression Overview 2022-2023
Our intent for the mathematics curriculum is to provide children with a foundation for understanding number, reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving with resilience so that they are fully prepared for the future. It is essential that these keystones of Mathematics are embedded throughout all strands of the National Curriculum. By adopting a Mastery approach, it is also intended that all children, regardless of their starting point, will maximise their academic achievement and leave Stonebridge with an appreciation and enthusiasm for Maths, resulting in a lifelong positive relationship with number. We ensure that we deliver a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to all other subjects. We want them to know that maths is essential to everyday life and that our children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks. Fully develop independent learners with inquisitive minds who have secure mathematical foundations and an interest in self-improvement.
Planning: Lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Teachers in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 follow the White Rose Maths approach. Staff also refer to the Calculation Policy when teaching formal methods, understanding that sometimes children find their own efficient methods along the way. Each week a Times Tables focus is planned to give children the opportunity to practise and improve their rapid recall skills with facts up to 12x12. Children enjoy the weekly challenge and strive to improve their time and score each week. All children also have access to their own personal account of ‘j2Blast’ where they can compete against other pupils and classes in school.
Teaching: At Stonebridge we employ a variety of teaching styles and opportunities for children to learn and develop their mathematical skills and competencies, both individually and collaboratively. The main aim of all lessons is to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills, applying these to a variety of contexts. One of the key elements in lessons throughout the school should be on developing the children’s mental calculation strategies alongside developing the children’s written calculation strategies as laid out in the Written Calculation Policies for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. *See Calculation Policy*.
Progression Maps for Key Stages 1 and 2 | NCETM The progression maps are structured using the topic headings as they appear in the National Curriculum:
Number and Place Value
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Fractions (including decimals and percentages)
Ratio and Proportion
Geometry - properties of shapes
Geometry - position and direction
Algebra - Our pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.