Information for Parents
The Maths Curriculum at Applecroft:
Maths Curriculum Expectations:
Vision for Maths at Applecroft:
Mathematics is a tool for everyday life. It is a whole network of concepts and relationships which provide a way of viewing and making sense of the world. It is used to analyse and communicate information and ideas and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real life problems. It also provides the materials and means for creating new imaginative worlds to explore.
Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps us to understand and change the world. We want all pupils at Applecroft School to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity about the subject with a clear understanding.
We foster a positive ‘can do’ attitude and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, there is no ceiling to learning and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through a broad range of activities and problems. The children will be taught the content from their year group only. They will be given opportunities to reason and prove.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately
- Be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
- Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately to be successful in mathematics.
What do we teach? What does this look like?
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision which aims to enable all children to develop their individual talents, realise their potential and aspire to become the very best they can be, regardless of background and ability.
We teach the National Curriculum through Herts for Learning’s Essential Maths scheme. Essential Maths sequences have been designed to benefit our teachers and pupils to deliver carefully planned progression that ensures consistency. Teachers also use Nrich, White Rose and NCETM to support planning. Use of destination questions allow teachers to keep assessing and informing the children’s learning against age related expectations.
Children are taught Mathematics daily for approximately 1-hour in Key Stages 1 and 2. Wave 1 teaching differentiates and challenges all learners. Support is provided during each lesson by all staff including our Learning Support Assistants (LSAs) to ensure secure understanding based on the needs of the child.
What will this look like? By the time children leave our school they will:
By the end of KS2 we aim for children to be fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics with a conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
They should have the skills and have the resilience to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of situations with increasing sophistication, including in unfamiliar contexts and to model real-life scenarios. Children will be able to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and develop and present a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language
Curriculum Aims and Objectives:
Teachers in Foundation Stage use the EYFS curriculum document as the basis of their planning. Teachers in Key Stages 1 and 2 use the National Curriculum objectives and Herts for Learning (HfL) Essential Maths as the basis for their planning and access resources and guidance on pedagogy and good practice as required by the Maths Leader and Senior Leadership Team in the SIP (School Improvement Plan).
Through careful planning and preparation we aim to ensure that throughout the school children are given opportunities for:
- practical activities and mathematical games
- problem solving
- individual, group and whole class discussions and activities
- open and closed tasks
- exploring how maths is used globally
- a range of methods of calculating eg. mental, pencil and paper and using a calculator
- working with computers as a mathematical tool
- working with mathematical concepts in a cross curricular way e.g. through science topics or ICT
- taking a creative approach to mathematical learning particular involving problem solving.
Mathematics Mastery - Downloadable guidance and resource pack for parents and pupils - free resources https://www.mathematicsmastery.org/free-resources
White Rose Maths - maths presentations and downloadable workbooks which are easy to use for parents. New material is being released each week - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/