Our intent for our maths curriculum is that children gain a depth of understanding and enjoy their maths. They are given lots of opportunities to practise and discuss their mathematical skills in different ways so that they become fluent, and have a secure mathematical understanding so that they leave our school as confident mathematicians. We make sure that throughout the school there is a focus on learning maths in a purposeful context using practical objects, then pictorial recordings, before teaching children symbolic or abstract notations. This ensures that children really understand what they are doing and why, rather than just being able to follow a mathematical process. We encourage children to explain how they arrived at a specific answer, and compare different ways of calculating to decide which is the most efficient. This ‘mathematical reasoning’ is a significant part of the maths curriculum and enables us to find out whether children really understand what they are doing and why. Children then use and apply what they have learnt to solve a variety of problem solving challenges.
In Year R we are currently drawing upon ideas from the 'White Rose' framework as a guide to teaching maths where the key principles of number and visual representations are used to embed understanding. This strong approach to the start of their schooling gives children the key concepts on which to build their knowledge.
We don't use a specific maths 'scheme' in Years 1 or 2. Teachers are skilled in researching the most effective way to teach various aspects of maths and children are always excited and engaged in maths sessions.
In Summer 2019 the percentage of our Year 2 children attaining the expected standard or above was greater than the national average. The percentage achieving the greater depth standard was also greater than the national average.
Here at St Michael's Infant School, we believe that developing a sound understanding of mathematics when children are young is essential. We encourage children to become enthusiastic about maths and ready them for the exciting learning journey ahead of them.