Curriculum Statement of Intent for Maths
At Wavertree Church of England School our Maths curriculum links to our school mission statement of Belong, Believe and Achieve. This statement links with our aspiration that all children belong, have the best grounding in mathematics, believe in themselves and can achieve. Through Mathematics, we actively aim to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable maths curriculum for all children. Children develop the use of mathematical language through speaking and listening, including reasoning and explanations. Daily lessons will enable all children to understand the value of mathematics in everyday situations and real-life contexts.
At Wavertree Church of England School it is our intent to provide children with a high-quality, broad and challenging Mathematics curriculum. The learning journey inspires all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, developing their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge. Children are learning to reason mathematically by justifying, making links to known facts, or providing proof using mathematical language. Understanding of concepts will be challenged through solving problems by applying their mathematic knowledge. We aim to equip children with the foundations of mathematics that enable them to belong in everyday life.
We believe that Maths is an essential part of every child’s learning from a young age. In the Foundation Stage, our young mathematicians will be provided with many exciting opportunities, through planned purposeful play and a mix of adult-led and child-initiated activities, to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measure.
Throughout Key Stage 1 and 2, we follow the White Rose Maths to teach a broad and challenging curriculum. Our Mathematics curriculum aspires to provide many opportunities for children to believe in themselves and develop the confidence and fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. The use of practical equipment, such as concrete objects and measuring tools, will support the children when necessary, to help them gain a deeper conceptual understanding before being challenged through tasks and questions to explain their reasoning and solve a range of problems. Children are equipped with the skills to recognise shapes and their properties and measures, and to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money etc. Lessons are taught sequentially to build on prior learning and to enable children to form connections, whilst extending their knowledge and understanding progressively.
A variety of methods are used to find out what the children know, understand and can achieve. Lesson activities are developed to suit 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 and intervention.
Monitoring to assess achievement in maths includes work scrutinies, lesson observations and/or learning walks, pupil voice interviews/questionnaires in order to ascertain correct curriculum coverage, the quality of teaching and learning as well as the children’s attitudes to and retention of maths learning. This information is then used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.
White Rose Maths Year Group Overviews
Supporting families with Maths
Each week homework is sent home linked to the objectives that have been taught in class.
If you need any support or advice with the Maths learning that is taking place, please do not hesitate to speak to your class teacher who will be able to support you.
The "Family Maths toolkit" is to support families learning Maths together. It is full of ideas and activities to enjoy working through together to improve your Maths. Following the link below will take you to the toolkit.
We hope you have lots of fun having a go at some of these activities.
Be positive about Maths! -even if you have had bad experiences yourself.
Point out Maths in everyday life (numbers, counting, measuring) - shopping, cooking, travelling.
Praise your child for their efforts in Maths.
All children in Years 1 - 6 have a login for Times Tables Rockstars. Children have been supplied with their login details and can access the applications at home.
It is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables. Children can practise, improve fluency and speed of recall. It concentrates on a different times table each week, selected by the class teacher, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables they have practiced every third week to check retrieval.
Liverpool University Fun Maths Roadshow
KS1 and KS2 enjoyed completing the problem solving activities brought in by Liverpool University.