At Butler’s Hill Infant School, we view mathematics as essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and creating the building blocks for later life. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. Our intent is to provide children with a mathematics curriculum that will allow them to become confident individuals through developing their mathematical skills to their full potential. We also aim to present maths as a challenging, exciting, creative and relevant subject in order to promote a positive and confident attitude.
In line with the National Curriculum (2014), our aim is to:
- 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.
- 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.
At Butler’s Hill we are committed to providing a motivating, challenging and comprehensive Maths curriculum that is accessible to all and links the use of mathematics across a range of subjects, adding meaning to the learning of Maths.
Our whole school approach to the teaching and learning of Maths involves the following;
Our Maths planning is based on Schemes of Learning from White Rose Maths. This is also enhanced by a wide range of resources. This ensures a progressive and thorough curriculum in every year group. Teachers know which objectives must be taught and assessed in each year group and can follow progressive small steps to ensure pupils have a comprehensive understanding of Maths.
• Teachers are encouraged to plan in, Activ Inspire creating slides for each ‘small step’ with teaching points and activities to be completed. This format ensures evaluation of each lesson and subsequent lessons are adapted accordingly.
• WRM (White Rose Maths) promotes kinesthetic learning to ensure children acquire fluency of skills by introducing concepts in a practical/concrete way to progress to pictorial then abstract (C-P-A). We use this approach mixed with our own teacher led ideas.
Our successful approach to the teaching and learning of maths, results in a fun and engaging curriculum that embeds understanding and knowledge through hands on, practical activities. Introductions to concepts using concrete materials and practical activities supports learning through memorable activities, ‘songs’ and ‘games’ which children can recall at a later date, relating the learning to new situations. Our policy of ‘marking with the children’ within lessons supports children in recognising their strengths and areas for development. Children are encouraged to share their misconceptions and misunderstandings and become adept in using appropriate vocabulary in doing so. The inclusion of open dialogue to discuss and explain mathematical thinking also strengthens the use and understanding of mathematical language along with ensuring children can explain, justify and evidence their thinking. Connecting maths across the curriculum highlights how maths relates to life. We use and highlight our use of maths in science investigations, collecting, recording and presenting data, such as in Year 2 ICT and science curriculum using data handling and geography field trips collecting and categorising resources from the world around us and taking measurements, e.g. orienteering in year Computing also highlights the real use of maths with statistics and data collection and analysis while measuring and position and direction are essential skills to programme toys such as Beebots and coding