Intent of Mathematics Curriculum of Sandown Primary School:
Here at Sandown School we follow Inspire Maths from Years 1 to 6.
Inspire Maths is a whole-school primary maths programme that supports the teacher in teaching for mastery and meeting the higher expectations of the National Curriculum.
England’s 2014 National Curriculum set higher expectations for maths outcomes, focusing on three clear aims:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
We follow Inspire Maths because it works for our pupils. It follows the CPA approach closely and this enables all children to achieve the key concepts of maths needed to gain firm foundations on which to grow on. The children enjoy maths and are able to show, explain and prove their thinking in many different ways. The pupils are taught in a spiral curriculum method that allows each block of learning to be built upon with each unit. Manipulatives are a key part of our maths curriculum and these enable struggling pupils to have support to work independently as well as extending the more able pupils to explain and prove their thinking.
The flexibility of Inspire Maths is that teachers can choose a pace that suits their children. This means that each child is able to gain a deeper understand of each concept and really follow it on a deeper level.
For those pupils that are below age expectations for their year group they have daily same day interventions and class teacher supports this with Power Maths and White Rose resources, which are laid out similar to Inspire Maths but maybe concepts are at year expectations instead of the slightly higher expectations of Inspire Maths.
Our aim is to ensure that pupils will be confident mathematicians that can show and explain their thinking. We want pupils to be confident and to succeed and apply their maths skills in a range of contexts, in and out of school.
Our maths curriculum is set up to ensure a spiral approach to learning. Each unit links to the previous and will support the next one. This ensures that pupils can learn key concepts and see how they are linked to others. We teach according to the Maths Mastery approach, which means that all pupils access the same learning, some may be challenged to dig deeper into the concept and others may be supported with resources or staff to access current expectations. This ensures that all pupils should be able to access their current year group’s curriculum.
The maths teaching at Sandown is support by manipulatives which help all pupils to visualise concepts and conceptual understanding and support pupils to explain their understanding.
In addition to our daily maths lessons we have daily arithmetic sessions in Key Stage Two, which enables pupils to rapidly recall key facts for each year group, which supports which supports key learning in the main maths lessons.
We also use the online platform of Times Table RockStars to support rapid recall of times table knowledge. These are accessed in weekly timetabled sessions as well as daily at home.
In Key Stage One and Early Years we have introduced the NCTEM Mastering Numbers programme, which works closely with Numberblocks to ensure pupils have a good understanding on number, subitising and counting. This additional 15 minutes of learning links in with key maths concepts in the main maths lesson.
We also use the online platform of Numbots to support rapid recall of number facts and number bonds. These can be access in timetabled sessions through the week and at home on a daily basis.
At Sandown pupils are able to:
- Discuss their learning and reason with key concepts using stem sentences and key vocabulary.
- Show their working out and thinking using manipulatives, pictures and calculations.
- Rapidly recall key facts, number bonds and times tables.
- Work in a logical way to solve puzzles and problems
- Use the four calculations to a high standard
- Use their maths learning confidently and enjoy working with numbers.
By the time pupils leave Sandown:
- They will have a good mathematical understanding of key concepts and be able to use reasoning skills to discuss their learning.
- They feel confident and prepared to use mathematics in the next steps of their learning journey.
- They can use effective and efficient methods of mathematics to solve a range of problems and puzzles.
- They will be fluent in number bonds and times tables.