At St. Margaret's we understand the importance of reasoning and problem solving within maths, to prepare children for the wider world and their future education. All children are encouraged to be curious, ask questions and to test their ideas.
Our aim is for pupils to:
- become capable and well-rounded mathematicians, prepared for the wider world and future education and approach the subject with a sense of enjoyment and curiosity.
- reason mathematically through a variety of methods, where children practise the skills of justifying or proving using mathematical language.
- solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication.
At St. Margaret’s we approach mathematics teaching following the concrete – pictorial – abstract approach to enable pupils to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. We encourage our pupils to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. This is supported through a variety of resources, including physical apparatus and well-known scaffolds, such as Numicon, tens frames and part-part whole models.
Our curriculum is structured in a way that allows children to revisit, consolidate and master all aspects of mathematics. This is achieved through the provision of our long term schemes of learning, ensuring a spiral curriculum where children re-visit concepts throughout the year in order to embed learning. Progression in calculation is also driven by our Calculation Policy, which has been updated to match current mathematical and educational thinking.
Proficiency in multiplication tables is developed through explicit teaching of individual times tables and further supported through the use of deliberate practise using Time Table Rockstars, mental starters, and online learning.
In addition, we offer parent workshops that enable our community to experience our mathematics curriculum, the use of structured apparatus (Numicon) and to have an understanding of how to support their child at home.
Our progress and attainment in Mathematics is in line with national averages, indicating that our provision for all pupils, including the more able, is good.
Children leave St. Margaret’s as well rounded mathematicians ready for the next stage of their education.
By the end of KS2, evidence from pupil interviews, work scrutinies, lesson observations and assessment data clearly shows that our pupils have a good understanding and remember the mathematical knowledge, concepts and procedures to ensure readiness for the next stage of their learning.