At Holy Innocents Catholic Primary School we aim to:
promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion;
develop mathematical skills and knowledge and quick recall of basic facts in line with National recommendations;
promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system;
develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts;
develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented;
explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts;
develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of maths and awareness of its aesthetic appeal;
understand the importance of mathematics in everyday life.
At Holy Innocents, our mathematics curriculum is designed to be accessible to all through planning a progressive scheme that builds on previously acquired knowledge and skills.
In Key Stages One and Two, teachers cover objectives set out in the Programmes of Study from the National Curriculum and follow the White Rose schemes of work to reduce teacher workload and support subject knowledge. Within the White Rose schemes of work, teaching is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our teaching staff use other resources such as NRich and NCETM to support, stretch and challenge all learners within the classroom. We use Classroom Secrets which complements White Rose, with a focus on developing reasoning and problem solving throughout the school.
Maths is a subject specific lesson, which builds upon previously taught knowledge, skills and vocabulary covered in our progression grids and our written calculation policy. We aim to develop children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a conceptual understanding of maths before applying their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges. Lessons include times table practice, reviews of previously taught skills, knowledge
and vocabulary through our fluent in five and opportunities to reason and problem solve.
Summative assessment takes place at the end of each term and children’s progress and attainment is discussed with senior leaders in pupil progress meetings. Formative assessment takes place on a daily basis and teachers adjust planning accordingly to meet the needs of their class. Attainment and outcomes in mathematics have a prominent focus throughout our school.
The impact of Mathematics is evident through pupil voice and monitoring which takes place every half term by the curriculum leader. We want children to be confident in making rich connections across mathematical ideas as a result of developing fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated, contextual problems. Our pupils will be able to apply their mathematical knowledge across the curriculum. As our pupils progress further in their education, we intend for them to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically. Through high quality first wave teaching, guidance and effective feedback, children will achieve age-related expectations by the end of each year group.