The core of our maths curriculum is the National Curriculum, which provides a detailed scheme that is logically sequenced. We follow a mastery approach and use the White Rose scheme and the Professional Development materials from the NCETM to complement our curriculum. These schemes help to develop our children’s problem-solving and reasoning skills and children’s ability to reason about their work. Both schemes provide small steps with flexibility to meet the needs of all children and encourage mathematical talk with good prompt questions for teachers and the movement between concrete, pictorial and abstract representations which is important for deeper learning. Lesson activities are scaffolded to suit the different abilities and learning styles. Mathematics lessons allow for collaborative learning and thus encourage children to talk in pairs, small groups or through class discussion, to share learning. For those children who grasp concepts rapidly, they will be challenged through a range of problems, whilst those not sufficiently fluent will be provided with opportunities to consolidate their understanding through additional practice. We ensure that maths is taught in creative and engaging lessons, using a wide array of maths manipulatives to aid and support our children in their learning. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are taught maths daily and there are regular opportunities throughout the week to recall prior learning. This enables children to develop deep, secure knowledge and make connections.
Children are assessed regularly to help staff plan lessons that both support and challenge children’s thinking and understanding.