Mathematics teaches children how to make sense of the world around them through developing their ability to use number, calculate, reason and solve problems. It helps children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. The Mathematics curriculum should be bold, provide breadth and balance and be relevant and differentiated to suit the needs of all children at St. Margaret’s. It should be flexible, motivating all pupils, thus encouraging success at all levels.
The 2014 national curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
Teachers follow our school Calculation Policy which has been written in line with Liverpool’s Local Authority Calculation Policy.
Our Calculation Policy explains the key written methods that need to be taught in each year group, to support the planning, delivery and assessment of learning and teaching in Mathematics and to ensure consistency and progression across the School.
The National Curriculum
The 2014 National Curriculum programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
Teaching and Learning of Mathematics
Our Foundation Stage teachers use the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to support their teaching of Mathematics in the Foundation Stage.
The children have the opportunity to talk and communicate in a widening range of situations and to practice and extend their range of vocabulary and mathematical skills.
The children explore, enjoy, learn about, and use Mathematics in a range of personalised situations.
Mathematics is planned on a weekly basis and assessed using the criteria from the Early Learning Goals.
Mathematics is taught both as a discrete subject (20-30 minutes per day) and within the whole Early Years Curriculum to give children opportunities to use their mathematical skills in real life situations.
The National Curriculum Programmes of Study
Key Stages 1 and 2:
Our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 teachers use the Liverpool Local Authority year group medium term plans alongside the National Curriculum to support their planning and delivery of Mathematics teaching.
At St. Margaret’s Anfield CE Primary School we also follow our Calculation Policy (which has been written in line with the Local Authority Calculation Policy) to ensure we are teaching the methods in a progressive order for the four operations.
The short term planning is done weekly, showing the specific learning objectives that are to be covered and the children’s age-related activities in each class for each lesson that week.
Teaching and learning is differentiated to best match the needs of the class and the individuals within it.
If the needs of the children are best met following an alternative plan, which deviates from the National Curriculum 2014, then the class teacher, Phase Leader and Maths Leader will discuss this and decide on a way forward.
Children in Key Stages 1 and 2 are taught Mathematics in mixed ability class groups for 1 hour every day.
At the beginning of each Mathematics lesson, all children undertake an Oral/Mental Starter activity: 4 a-day, number of the day, a revision question, rapid recall of times tables or basic skills.
Teachers at St. Margaret’s regularly share children’s excellent work both with the Maths Leader and the Head and Deputy Head teacher. In addition to this, children also share excellent work during our weekly celebration assembly.
Opportunities are used to draw mathematical experiences out of a range of activities in other subjects, such as in PE, Science and other subjects studied to enable children to apply and use Mathematics in both real life and academic contexts.