Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At the centre of our approach to the teaching of mathematics at Great Chart Primary School is the unwavering belief that all children have the potential to succeed. We believe that all children need a deep understanding of the mathematics they are learning so that: future mathematical learning is built on solid foundations.
At Great Chart Primary School, we believe that all pupils should be able to:
- Use mathematical concepts, facts and procedures appropriately, flexibly and fluently
- Recall key number facts with speed and accuracy and use them to calculate and work out unknown facts
- Have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding to reason and explain mathematical concepts and procedures and use them to solve a variety of problems
- Solve problems of greater complexity (i.e. where the approach is not immediately obvious), demonstrating creativity and imagination
- Independently explore and investigate mathematical contexts and structures, communicate results clearly and systematically explain and generalise the mathematics.
Teaching at Great Chart Primary School is underpinned by careful curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
Our school scheme of work is a working document and as such is composed of:
- Long Term Maps, following the 2019 White Rose Mathematics Curriculum Maps, exemplifying the breadth of coverage across each year group.
- Medium term plans, following the 2019 White Rose Blocks. These plans progressively cover the PoS as set out in the Maths Curriculum 2014 for each year group.
- Ongoing plans produced on a week by week basis and reviewed daily as necessary. These are developed from the Medium Term plans, taking into consideration the needs of our children. They are based on the varied approach as outlined by White Rose Mathematics.
- Teachers in Foundation Stage base their teaching and learning on objectives within the Framework for Foundation Stage; this ensures that they are working towards the ‘Early Learning Goals For Mathematical Development’. Towards the end of the Foundation Stage, teachers aim to draw the elements of a daily mathematics lesson together so that by the time children move into Year 1 they are familiar with a 45-minute lesson.
The Maths curriculum ensures that the needs of all pupils including SEND and disadvantaged, and small groups of children, can be met within the environment of high quality teaching supported by targeted interventions where appropriate. In this way it can be seen to be impacting in a very positive way on pupil outcomes and prepares them for the next phase in school.
At Great Chart, we value the importance of developing the children’s knowledge, together with their skills. As a result of this our pupils achieve well, gaining excellent results which will prepare them to be school ready.
The school is very keen for parents to support their child at home with their learning. We have put together some video clips to demonstrate the different ways we approach addition, from simple partioning methods, progressing to using the expanded approach. Please use the link below.
If these prove to be helpful we will start to put together clips for subtraction, multiplication and division.