The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Hazel Leys to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
We foster a positive ‘can do’ attitude and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics and that there is no ceiling to learning. We teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through progressive tasks. Mistakes and misconceptions are considered an essential part of learning and teachers help children to view them as such. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to be challenged and explore their mathematics more deeply. As such any child, no matter their current attainment, will receive extra challenges if they reach a good understanding of the current maths learning. All children will be given daily opportunities to reason, prove and problems solve.
At Hazel Leys, we know that maths is a significant part of children’s education, which is why we use the White Rose Maths approach to make teaching mathematics easier and more effective. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in mathematics. They will gain a deep understanding of mathematics and enjoy solving mathematical problems. As the curriculum puts a significant emphasis on mathematical skills, curriculum content is well sequenced in order to promote a depth of understanding. The resources used in all lessons are well suited to curriculum integration and pupils are able to show deeper understanding of concepts through problem-solving questions that are designed to extend pupils abilities.
The curriculum is not just about teaching maths, it is about developing mathematical thinking skills. The aim of our curriculum is to ensure that students are able to think mathematically and solve problems with confidence. Through the White Rose Mastery approach, our Maths curriculum is delivered so that all children, regardless of their starting point, will maximise their academic achievement and leave Hazel Leys with an appreciation and enthusiasm for Maths, resulting in a lifelong positive relationship with numbers.
At Hazel Leys, the implementation of the maths curriculum provides for gradual progression in between concepts and year groups. Lessons are planned and sequenced so that new knowledge and skills build on what has been taught before. Teachers follow the White Rose Maths Hub materials; however, they adapt the curriculum to reflect the needs to their class which will differ between each cohort. At Hazel Leys, we employ a variety of teaching styles and opportunities for children to learn and develop their mathematical skills and competencies, both individually and collaboratively. The main aim of all lessons is to develop children’s knowledge, understanding and skills, applying these to a variety of contexts. Our maths lesson follows a 6 part sequence, which includes reviewing concepts previously taught, children orally rehearsing key vocabulary, teaching new concepts, addressing misconceptions, independent work and a plenary. By using this structure, the children have plenty of opportunities to show their understanding on mathematical concepts and work in a variety of ways to truly master the curriculum. Opportunities for challenge are provided through out “Step for Depth” aspect of the lesson, where children are able to stretch their skills through reasoning and problem solving tasks. Every lesson has plenty of opportunities for children to engage in high quality discussions about maths with teachers using these conversations to extend explanations and challenge the children’s thinking.
One of the key elements in lessons throughout the school should be on developing the children’s calculation strategies which include written calculations and mental strategies as laid out in the calculation policy for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Staff also understand that sometimes children find their own efficient methods along the way.
To support us in delivering a high quality, knowledge rich maths curriculum we consistently use the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations. We have a range of mathematical resources in classrooms including Numicon, Base10 and counters (concrete equipment). When children have grasped a concept using concrete equipment, images and diagrams are used (pictorial) prior to moving to abstract questions. Abstract maths relies on the children understanding a concept thoroughly and being able to use their knowledge and understanding to answer and solve maths without equipment or images. Representations used in lessons expose the mathematical structure being taught, the aim being that students can do the maths without recourse to the representation. In lessons concepts are represented in more than one way to draw attention to the critical aspects and to develop deep and holistic understanding.
Children who not making the required progress are given extra support through intervention sessions and support in class in order to meet our INTENT of developing pupils. Staff also provide feedback during the lesson on children’s learning and achievement in line with our feedback policy.
Through the maths provision in the Early Years classrooms, the children are able to engage with a wide range of mathematical concepts in a variety of ways. For instance, measuring could be applied to the water area, small world area, creative area etc. The children are supported through continuous provision to discuss concepts and are challenged using questioning. Staff will also use real life problems to ensure children link their learning in the classroom to the real world.
Alongside this, the children will take part in daily adult directed class work. This is usually done as a whole class in reception and key worker groups in nursery. During these sessions, children learn how numbers are represented in different ways and direct teaching is used in reception to teach the children early maths skills such as addition, subtraction, sharing and shape work. Staff will also use songs and nursery rhymes with mathematical elements to engage children. The children in reception follow the White Rose curriculum to ensure a solid foundation of number work and patterns before finishing the Early Years curriculum.
Every unit of work covers all of the Early Learning Goals (ELG’s) within the Early Years Framework. With children having opportunities to return to skills in order to develop mastery within maths.
The impact of this curriculum design will lead to progress across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of maths skills. The impact of our mathematics curriculum is measured in a variety of ways:
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
- Marking of work in books.
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Monitoring and evaluation of the subject throughout the year
- Pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluation of their mathematical knowledge.
The maths lead has a clear role and overall responsibility for the progress of all children in maths throughout school. Working with SLT, key data is analysed and regular feedback is provided and discussed at pupil achievement meetings to inform on progress and future actions In order for this to happen, the Mathematics lead, the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team take responsibility for the monitoring of the mathematics curriculum and the standards achieved by the children. The subject lead will monitor for appropriate pitch and progression at least once every half term.
By end of the maths curriculum at Hazel Leys, our children will:
- Enjoy mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
- Have a positive ‘can do’ attitude and promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’
- Have a secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts.
- Know mistakes and misconceptions are considered an essential part of
Be challenged and explore their mathematics more deeply.