What are we trying to do?
Through our creative and rich maths curriculum, we intend to foster the curiosity of our children enabling them to become competent and independent mathematicians. We follow a ‘mastery approach’ to teaching mathematics; an inclusive method based on our firm belief that all our children can achieve. The aim of mathematics at Abbey Park Federation is to develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately.
We intend for all children to build a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts, which provides a strong foundation for the fundamental skills needed to solve the problems found in everyday life. Mathematics is taught through three key areas of mastery; varied fluency, mathematical reasoning and problem solving. In doing so we aim for our children to build resilience, develop a greater sense of number and confidently articulate their thinking.
How are we putting our intent into practice?
We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning to ensure full curriculum coverage. Within this scheme, each National Curriculum objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving and our teaching staff use mathematical challenges to teach for mastery – an approach that can extend and deepen the understanding of pupils within each year group. This is supported by clear skills progression to maximise skills, knowledge, understanding and language for all children.
Carefully shaped lessons and meaningful resources that secure fundamental maths skills and stimulate deep conceptual and procedural knowledge underpin our maths curriculum. At Abbey Park, we ensure lesson objectives are shared in small steps and children are sufficiently challenged with tasks that meet the needs of all learners. New mathematical concepts are introduced using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding.
What is the impact?
The learning in mathematics ensures children understand how number is essential to everyday life and to provide the children with memorable experiences that enables a passion for the subject – children at our school are engaged and keen to talk about their work and their love of maths is reflected in the high quality work they produce. From the very start, we help the children to grow as curious mathematicians to ensure they make progress to meeting their Early Learning Goals. We continue to improve overtime by ensuring positive outcomes for all year groups allowing children to progress well- encouraging a commitment to life-long learning.
The children at our school are guided on a learning journey that ensures they are ready for their next steps at middle then high school with the skills needed to be happy, articulate and confident mathematicians.