# Stranton Primary School Only the best is good enough # Maths Curriculum

Mathematics is a way of communicating. It is a language through which ideas can be explained, explored and developed, and one through which relationships can be expressed, hypothesis made and tested and pattern identified.

Mathematics is a proficiency that involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. It requires an understanding of the number system, a repertoire of computational skills and an inclination and ability to solve number problems in a variety of contexts. Mathematics also demands practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered by counting and measuring, and is presented in graphs, diagrams, charts and tables.

Our aims in teaching mathematics are that all children will:

• Become numerate and tackle mathematical problems with confidence
• Develop the skills which are needed to meet the demands of adult life
• Develop the ability to think logically and clearly
• Use mathematical language effectively and confidently
• Develop positive attitudes to mathematics, recognising that mathematics can be both Useful and enjoyable
• Be able to use and apply the skills in other curricular areas.

Mathematics is a core subject of the National Curriculum. The knowledge, skills and understanding are set out in the “Mathematics Programmes of Study”. The programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught and the attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance.

We have adopted and amended the programmes of study to suit the needs of the children at our school, these are as follows:

Prioritised Units

• Number and Place Value
• Addition and Subtraction/Multiplication and Division
• Fractions, Decimals, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion

The following units are taught once the children have ‘mastered’ the above.

Other Units

• Geometry
• Measure
• Statistics
• Algebra (Y6 Only)

In Early Years, the Maths curriculum reflects the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory framework and is delivered through the 'Mastering Number' programme as supported by the NCETM.

In KS1 the ‘Mastering Number’, programme is delivered as a whole class intervention which runs alongside the normal KS1 Maths curriculum.

### Teaching and Learning in Maths

In Early Years, the children access 'Mastering Number' on a daily basis; the content of which is then reflected in the continuous provision that all children access.

In key stages 1 and 2 every child takes part in a daily mathematics lesson each morning. All lessons will follow the same structure to ensure consistency across school. These consist of the following structure:

• Number Knowledge: consisting of low stakes testing activities
• Daily Count: counting in multiples/chanting times tables etc.
• Arithmetic: children to complete a calculation of each operation
• Teaching input: the children are taught a new concept
• Independent task: the children apply their new learning