At St. Joseph’s children will be taught a balance of the relevant strands of the National Curriculum, appropriate to their ability. As a school we are encouraging the children to master key concepts in Maths. The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress should always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Our Maths Mastery approach places emphasis on the progression of knowledge and skills using the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract) approach.
Our aims for mathematics are to enable children to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including varied and frequent practise with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
- Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
At St. Joseph’s we ensure planning is purposeful; meeting the needs of all the children in the class. Long Term planning is taken from the White Rose Scheme to ensure progression, continuity and subject coverage throughout the school; ensuring that all pupils have equal access to the Maths curriculum.
Long Term Overviews
White Rose Maths Calculation Policy: