At Long Ditton St. Mary’s Junior School, we are passionate about offering the children in our care a mathematical curriculum that is meaningful to them. A curriculum, which will help them to understand how maths is fundamental in our modern world; from measuring ingredients for an evening meal and working out how much something may cost to precision planning and designing of the next electric car or NASA spacecraft.
Our maths curriculum is based on the National Curriculum Programme of Study, which 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
- are able to 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.
We aim to achieve this through careful planning and resourcing to ensure every child is able to access the lesson’s learning and to stretch those who need a further challenge. Children are taught in mixed ability groups and are strongly encouraged to work in pairs to discuss their learning; use accurate mathematical language and challenge and extend one another by explaining why they believe an answer to be correct or how they can prove their understanding is accurate.
We endeavour to embed maths throughout our curriculum, notably in computing, science and design and technology, where children are proactively encouraged to utilise their mathematical skills in accurate measurements and data representations.
As well as maths being taught five times a week, the children have access to a daily pre-teaching session as well as regular ‘keep up’ sessions which are run by the class teachers. There are also regular times table challenges across the whole school and there are termly ‘Upper School’ and ‘Lower School’ mathematical challenges for the children to apply their knowledge to, which are celebrated in assemblies.
We use elements of the 'White Rose' approach when planning our curriculum, in conjunction with the 'Power Maths' series, but also with a range of further resources to ensure that we always use the best resource for the objectives we are trying to achieve.
The quality of the teaching and the children’s learning is monitored through regular book reviews, lesson observations and moderations - internally within school and externally with our Surrey Maths Hub and Ember Learning Trust partners.
Maths Workshop- Spring 2019
Click below to download the slides from our recent maths workshop.