Maths – curriculum information

Intent

At Townville Infant and Nursery School, we aspire to offer the best possible early education for all our children in a happy, safe, inclusive environment.

Through our Mathematics curriculum we aim to ensure our children:

  • Are provided with a high-quality, broad and challenging mathematics curriculum.
  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics though varied and frequent practice by undertaking a smallsteps, progressive approach.
  • Develop their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by justifying, making links to known facts or providing proof using mathematical language.
  • Develop understanding of concepts that will be challenged through applying their knowledge to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into smaller steps and seeking solutions.
  • Become confident, enthusiastic and competent mathematicians in preparation for their future schooling and lives.
  • Develop a love for Mathematics that provides the tools to function and excel in all walks of life, developing the skills to tackle everyday problems.

At Townville infants, these skills are embedded within Mathematics lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children can recognise the importance of Mathematics in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a range of different contexts.

This builds upon the children’s prior knowledge gained through the foundation stage for mathematics where children:

  • A deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
  • Subitise up to 5;
  • Automatically recall number bonds up to 5 and some number bonds to 10, including double facts.
  • Verbally count beyond 20, recognising the pattern of the counting system;
  • Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts and recognise when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity
  • Explore and represent patterns within numbers up to 10, including evens and odds, double facts and how quantities can be distributed equally.

Our Key Stage One curriculum builds upon children’s mathematical learning in the EYFS ensuring full coverage of National Curriculum programs of study through carefully constructed progression maps. Our curriculum design offers children the ability to revisit and build upon prior knowledge so that they know and remember more whilst gaining the key skills needed to continue their journeys as mathematicians through Townville Infants and beyond.

We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject. We are committed to developing children’s curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of Mathematics.

Implementation

At Townville Infant School, we recognise that in order for pupils to progress to deeper and more complex problems, children need to be confident and fluent across each objective. We teach to ensure mastery in Maths is embedded across all our year group curriculums.

As early mathematicians, the children in our EYFS will be provided with 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, our mathematics planning is based on NCETM teaching for mastery documents to teach a broad and challenging curriculum. This is based on teaching the same objective to most of the children at the same time, taking small sequential steps to ensure children have a deep understanding of the concept being taught.

Children will have opportunities to experience varied contexts to encourage confidence, fluency and efficiency with their mathematical problem solving. Children will explore mathematical concepts through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to deepen their understanding. Each objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving.

We believe all children can achieve and are supported through quality first class teaching, any misconceptions are addressed as quickly as possible through effective use of ongoing assessment and teacher led guided groups when needed. Where needed, differentiation is achieved by individual support, immediate and effective intervention and through the use of varying manipulatives and resources.

All teachers use precise questioning in class to test conceptual and procedural knowledge and assess children regularly to identify those requiring intervention, so that all children keep up. ‘Differentiation’ will be evident with children working on differing complexities of problems within the same objective.

More able children will have challenging problems to solve to ensure that they continue to make progress through reasoning challenges, enquiry tasks and open-ended problem-solving opportunities for them to ‘master the curriculum’.

In addition to the daily Mathematics lessons, children take part in a ‘Number Sense’ session. The session focuses on fluency and accuracy of key mathematical number skills which provides an opportunity to revisit and review misconceptions and deepen previously taught content. This builds on the Mastering Number program children experience throughout their Reception year.

Impact

As a result of our carefully and skillfully sequenced, planned and taught Mathematics curriculum, children will:

  • Receive high quality teaching, and well-planned sequences of learning to support and refine their maths skills to enable them to achieve end of year expectations.
  • Be challenged appropriately to become fluent in all aspects of mathematics by using a range of resources and outdoor opportunities where possible. They will demonstrate confident and quick recall of number facts
  • Be able to independently apply their knowledge to a range of increasingly complex problems and show good reasoning skills with increased confidence and accuracy.
  • Be able to make links within their learning in order to talk about maths using appropriate vocabulary confidently and correctly.
  • Understand the relevance and importance of what they are learning in relation to real world concepts.
  • Have a positive view of Maths due to learning in an environment where Maths is promoted as being an exciting and enjoyable subject in which they can investigate and ask questions. They will show resilience when faced with a challenge.
  • Be confident to ‘have a go’ and choose the equipment they need to help them to learn along with the strategies they think are best suited to each problem.
  • Be engaged in their learning and make significant progress.
  • Achieve age-related expectations.

The outcomes and impact of our mathematics curriculum will be evidenced through clear progression within the children’s books, pupil voice and ongoing assessment.

Further information

If you would like further information on School Gateway, please call into the office or call us on 01977 554185.

Our Progression Maps are structured using the topic headings as they appear in the Early Years Foundations stage Profile and National Curriculum.  All programmes of study statements are included and some appear twice.  This is indicated in the text and occurs where the statement has central relevance to more than one sub category within a topic or more than one mathematics topic.

Our calculation Policy also offers more information about the strategies children are taught to support their Mathematical calculations:

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