Mathematics

The Curriculum at North Walkden Primary School

The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – Mathematics.

Traditionally, Mathematics has been taught by memorising key facts and procedures, which tends to lead to superficial understanding that can easily be forgotten. At North Walkden, we  believe that children should be able to select which mathematical approach is most effective in different scenarios.

All pupils can achieve in mathematics! There is no such thing as a ‘Maths person’, that is the belief that some  pupils can do maths and others cannot. A typical Maths lesson will provide the opportunity for all children, regardless of their ability, to work through Fluency, Reasoning AND Problem Solving activities. 

Intent:

Maths is a journey and long-term goal, achieved through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time. At each stage of learning, children should be able to demonstrate a deep, conceptual understanding of the topic and be able to build on this over time. Children should enjoy maths lessons and have fun acquiring new skills and learning.

There are 3 levels of learning:

  • Shallow learning: surface, temporary, often lost
  • Deep learning: it sticks, can be recalled and used
  • Deepest learning: can be transferred and applied in different contexts

 

The deep and deepest levels are what we are aiming for by teaching maths using the Mastery approach. To enable us to teach in this way, the children focus on learning Mathematics through small steps: using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods to embed learning.

As a school we will:

  • Ensure our children have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
  • Provide our children with a variety of mathematical opportunities, which will enable them to make the connections in learning needed to enjoy greater depth in learning.
  • Ensure children are confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks.
  • Fully develop independent learners with inquisitive minds who have a secure mathematical foundation and an interest in self-improvement.

 

Implementation:

Our implementation is developed through secure understanding of the curriculum and subject area. We are moving towards a whole class teaching approach to maths. As a school, we are beginning to teach our maths lessons through Power Maths. Power Maths is a carefully created scheme which uses a CPA approach. Whole school roll out of this scheme will allow us to achieve consistency of learning and the continued development of key knowledge and skills.

In Power Maths, new concepts are shared within the context of a ‘real life problem’ or an ‘anchor task’, which children are able to discuss in partners. This initial problem solving activity prompts discussion and reasoning. In KS1, these problems are almost always presented with objects (concrete manipulatives) for children to use. Children may also use manipulatives in KS2. Teachers use careful questions to draw out children’s discussions and their reasoning. The class teacher then leads children through strategies for solving the problem, including those already discussed. Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex related problems. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of ‘mastery’ over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lesson as appropriate. Teachers also implement the schools agreed calculations policy and lesson sequence, both based on Power Maths teaching to gain consistency. Our year group Pixl tests and half termly Power Maths Assessments help teachers to gather an understanding of their pupil’s existing knowledge of topics. There is coherent progression seen in planning within each unit and Number Blocks activities in EYFS develop knowledge and skills of key learning.

Impact:

Children at North Walkden enjoy maths learning and show resilience when meeting new challenges and problems. 

A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations. The CPA approach at North Walkden allows the children to become confident mathematicians, who are not afraid to take risks and meet new challenges. The children will display confidence when solving arithmetic problems and will use this secure knowledge to enable them to solve problems with varying steps.

The mastery approach, along with interventions that allow children to ‘keep up’ not ‘catch up’, will narrow the attainment gap for children meaning that most will achieve age related expectations with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts.

 

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