Aims of our Maths Curriculum:
All children benefit from the study of mathematics, regardless of their starting points. We are committed to providing a teaching environment conducive to learning and mathematics is taught in ways which are appropriate to all children. The maths curriculum at Kippax Greenfield creates a progressive knowledge base from EYFS to year 6 enabling children to achieve a secure foundation in maths.
We secure mastery of maths through:
• a love of maths
• confidence, competence and fluency in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
• the ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
• both independence and cooperation
• the application of mathematical skills across the curriculum
• investigative skills
At Greenfield we follow the National Curriculum.
“The 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 nonroutine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.”
National Curriculum in England, 2014
The knowledge within the curriculum is categorised within the following areas:
• Place value (the understanding of number)
• Times tables
• Fractions and percentages
It has been carefully considered in response to the requirements of the national curriculum and the high expectations of achievement and progress that exist in school.
Teaching for Mastery
Greenfield adopts a mastery approach to the implementation of the curriculum. We do not subscribe to any formal scheme but expect our teachers and staff to be creative with their teaching methods and spark enthusiasm for maths using various strategies which encourage active learning. In key stage 1 and 2 maths lessons take place every day and usually last for about an hour. However, timings may change due to variables such as content, activity or needs of the children.
In EYFS the curriculum is implemented using a mix of whole class teaching, focus groups and carefully planned provision within the classroom. Interventions are completed on a personalised level in order to suit the needs of individual children. These may take place during, after or even before a maths lesson. The school feels very strongly about implementing a curriculum that is pupil centered and not one method fits all.
All maths lessons begin and end by addressing a learning focus which gives children a full understanding of the learning.
Assessment and Evaluation
Teachers are continually assessing the impact of the curriculum through observation, discussion (both with colleagues and children), feedback in the classroom and in books, next steps and formal tests.
Same day intervention is used where appropriate: the teacher acts on assessment during the lesson to decide whether children need to extend their thinking, consolidate understanding or are in need of additional teaching.
Senior leaders as well as class teachers are responsible for identifying the children in school for whom the curriculum may not be having sufficient impact upon. Personalised interventions are then put in place to accelerate progress and improve attainment. Parents are informed of their child's progress in Maths through informal discussions, parent’s evenings and an annual written report that identifies progress made and the next steps for improvement.