Maths– Intent, Implementation and Impact
Mathematics is important in everyday life and, with this is mind, the purpose of Mathematics at Bow Brickhill C of E Primary School is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are organised into topics (such as place value), but pupils should make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. Progress of our pupils is always based on the security of their understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems, to dive deeper, before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice. All children are challenged and encouraged to excel in Mathematics.
When teaching mathematics at Bow Brickhill C of E, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. We aim to prepare them for a successful working life. We incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality activities with a focus on fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Pupils are required to explore mathematics in depth, using mathematical vocabulary to reason and explain their workings. A wide range of mathematical resources are used and pupils are taught to show their workings in a concrete, pictorial and abstract form wherever suitable. They are encouraged to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills. We develop resilience and acceptance that struggle is often a necessary step in learning. Our curriculum allows children to better make sense of the world around them by relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life
Bow Brickhill C of E Primary School implements maths in a variety of different ways. We ensure that fluency of mathematic skills is prioritised. Basic skills are taught explicitly and frequently returned to, particularly place value, number facts, times tables and the formal methods. Once key skills are taught, children are then challenged at all levels with reasoning questions where they apply these early skills. This also happens, where possible, in other subjects across the curriculum. Children are taught through a mixture of targeted, differentiated small groups and mixed ability whole class lessons. We also ensure children get the opportunity to learn outside the classroom.
We implement our approach through high quality teaching delivering appropriately challenging work for all individuals. To support us we have a range of mathematical resources available such as Numicon, Base10 and counters. We also use a range of planning resources including those provided by White Rose Hubs, NCETM and NRICH. We continuously strive to better ourselves and frequently share ideas and things that have been particularly effective. Through our teaching we continuously monitor pupils’ progress against expected attainment for their age, making formative assessment notes where appropriate and using these to inform our discussions in termly Pupil Progress Meetings and update our summative school tracker. The main purpose of all assessment is to always ensure that we are providing excellent provision for every child. Interventions are used when possible to catch up, extend and consolidate children’s knowledge of upcoming or previous lessons. Homework is set regularly in KS1 and KS2 to support or extend mathematical learning. This is done through a variety of different online spaces such as NumBots and Times Table Rockstars.
The impact of our mathematics curriculum is that our children, across all abilities, are challenged and engaged in maths across the curriculum. Children at Bow Brickhill C of E Primary School enjoy their maths lessons, understand its uses in the wider world and therefore, understand the importance of the subject. Our teachers are encouraged to use their professional judgement at all times, meaning that children are given sufficient time to learn and practise each area of maths before they commence learning about a different area of maths. This means that children are able to develop a deeper understanding of each area of maths. Children are encouraged to talk mathematically and reason constantly. Our maths books show a range of activities, providing evidence of fluency, reasoning and problem solving. Our feedback and interventions support children to strive to be the best mathematicians they can be, ensuring a greater proportion of children are on track to make at least the expected progress. Assessments, such as White Rose and previous SATs papers, along with teacher assessment are using to measure the impact of teaching on children’s progression.