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"All the children said that they enjoyed Maths and their enthusiasm when they talked about Maths confirmed this."

"Asked about children who struggled with their maths, they said that children always got extra help....The Y6 child said that groups of children in her class were taken out by a teacher for extra help and when these children rejoined the class they were much better at their work."

"All the children were clear about what they were learning. They knew what was expected of them."

"Learning and teaching had often focussed on practical activities and the children said they often used whiteboards and played games to help them understand their maths."

 

Pupil Voice meeting with Maths governor, 4th October 2017.

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At St. Joseph's, we are passionate about providing a stimulating and engaging curriculum in Maths.

 

Maths is a creative and highly-interconnected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history's most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides:

  • a foundation for understanding the world
  • the ability to reason mathematically
  • an appreciation of God's creation in the beauty and power of mathematics
  • a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
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What’s behind it…

 

At St. Joseph’s, we aim to ensure that pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice 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
  • can 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.

We are committed to making our maths curriculum as active and involved as possible. In order to achieve this, we have implemented Maths of the Day activities into our learning. Through these activities, children are up on their feet and wholly engaged in mathematical learning. They take part in maths-based team games and exciting activities which incorporate many aspects of PE and physical development. More to the point - the children love it!

Yellow class enjoying a Maths of the Day activitiy

Maths curriculum

 

Our Maths curriculum is taken from the National Curriculum 2014 and is underpinned by the Lancashire Maths planning resources.

 

The National Curriculum for KS1 states that:

 

"The principal focus of mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This should involve working with numerals, words and the four operations, including with practical resources [for example, concrete objects and measuring tools].
    At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching should also involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.
    By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.
Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1." (N.C. 2014)

 

The National Curriculum for Lower KS2 (Years 3 and 4) states:

 

"The principal focus of mathematics teaching in lower key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This should ensure that pupils develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
    At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a range of problems, including with simple fractions and decimal place value. Teaching should also ensure that pupils draw with increasing accuracy and develop mathematical reasoning so they can analyse shapes and their properties, and confidently describe the relationships between them. It should ensure that they can use measuring instruments with accuracy and make connections between measure and number.
    By the end of year 4, pupils should have memorised their multiplication tables up to and including the 12 multiplication table and show precision and fluency in their work.
    Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary correctly and confidently, using their growing word reading knowledge and their knowledge of spelling." (N.C. 2014)

 

The National Curriculum for Upper KS2 (Years 5 and 6) states:

 

"The principal focus of mathematics teaching in upper key stage 2 is to ensure that pupils extend their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. This should develop the connections that pupils make between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation. With this foundation in arithmetic, pupils are introduced to the language of algebra as a means for solving a variety of problems. Teaching in geometry and measures should consolidate and extend knowledge developed in number. Teaching should also ensure that pupils classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties and that they learn the vocabulary they need to describe them.
By the end of year 6, pupils should be fluent in written methods for all four operations, including long multiplication and division, and in working with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Pupils should read, spell and pronounce mathematical vocabulary correctly." (N.C. 2014).

 

 

Calculation Policies

 

Children's ability to calculate using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) is based on a clear progression through a series of steps. It is vitally important that children are not asked to move on to the next stage in learning until they are ready and have a sound grasp of the previous stage.

 

Please have a look at the progression in calculations documents below which explain how this progression takes place.

Parents: Support your child by practising these rapid recall facts at home:

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