Maths Curriculum Statement
The 2014 National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
- Are able to reason mathematically
- Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At St Andrew’s Infant School these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We aim for each child to be confident in the yearly objectives and develop their ability to use this knowledge to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions, equipping them with the skills they will need in life beyond school.
We want all children to enjoy Mathematics and to experience success in the subject.
Our implementation is developed through secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area.
- Long term: National Curriculum.
- Medium term: Lancashire Planning Disc provides a Yearly overview.
- Short term: - Short term planning is supported by the use of the Lancashire Planning Disk materials, our school calculation policy and Year 1 are currently trialing Maths Mastery 1 materials from the Lancashire Maths team. Online resources are also used to ensure a curriculum that is specific to each child’s needs.
Daily lessons are taught across EYFS and KS1.
Planning using the Lancashire Maths disc and Maths Mastery materials ensures that time is built in for regular revisiting of learning throughout the year and there is a good balance of content between e.g. number, geometry, statistics and measurement.
Children explore maths using concrete materials. Pupils are encouraged to physically represent mathematical concepts. Objects and pictures are used to demonstrate and visualise abstract ideas, alongside numbers and symbols.
Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects and manipulatives to help them understand and explain what they are doing.
Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.
Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.
Through our teaching we continuously monitor pupils’ progress against expected attainment for their age, making formative assessment notes where appropriate and using these to inform our discussions in termly Pupil Progress Meetings and update our summative school tracker. The Lancashire tests are used in Key Stage 1 at the end of each term to support teacher judgements. The main purpose of all assessment is to always ensure that we are providing excellent provision for every child.
Children in Years 1 and 2 complete their homework activities using the online homework resource SUMDOG which aims to build pupil engagement and consolidate maths knowledge. Children also use the SUMDOG online resource to play games and enter competitions both at home and within school to develop a love of maths.