Teaching and Learning Overview:
Our curriculum is line with the National Curriculum and the requirements for EYFS, KS1 & KS2. It states that:
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Organisation and Delivery:
Smarden Primary uses the MyMastery Program from ArkCurriculumPlus for teaching in line with our Mastery approach with the vision of:
For every child to enjoy and succeed in mathematics, regardless of background.
To this aim, the approach to teaching mathematics at Smarden incorporates mastery into every lesson. The National Centre for the Excellence of Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) states mastery as:
Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.
The phrase ‘teaching for mastery’ describes the elements of classroom practice and school organisation that combine to give pupils the best chances of mastering maths.
Achieving mastery means acquiring a solid enough understanding of the maths that’s been taught to enable pupils to move on to more advanced material.
The Mathematics Mastery curriculum is cumulative - each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, and this concept is then applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using previous learning throughout the school year, they can develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding. Our curriculum is designed to make sure that the requirements of the national curriculum for England are fully met. Each year’s programme of study includes all of the national curriculum objectives for that year.
Through every maths lessons pupils will be taught:
1) Conceptual Understanding:
Pupils deepen their understanding by representing concepts using objects and pictures and, more abstractly, with words and symbols. They make connections between different representations and consider what different representations stress and ignore.
2) Language and Communication:
Pupils deepen their understanding by explaining, creating problems, justifying and proving using mathematical language. This acts as a scaffold for their thinking and deepening their understanding further.
3) Mathematical Thinking:
Pupils deepen their understanding by giving an example, by sorting or comparing, or by looking for patterns and rules in the representations they are exploring problems with.
If a pupil has a meaningful understanding of the maths they are learning, they will be able to represent it in different ways, use mathematical language to communicate related ideas and think mathematically with the concept. This will enable them to apply their understanding to a new problem in an unfamiliar situation.
To support in-class learning pupils will also have access to Freckle to support with intervention and homework. This is a personal adaptive tool linked to STAR maths that is designed to support pupil learning. More information about Freckle can be found below.