At Southrop School, Mathematics is a fundamental part of each day. We believe that Maths teaches us how to make sense of the world around us. We aim to provide children with the skills in order to develop the ability to calculate, to communicate, to reason and to solve problems. This enables children to explore, understand, and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and shape in their everyday life. Under our “Together we can fly” ethos, we believe all children can achieve in mathematics. We wish to promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, cross-curricular learning, exploration and discussion. We aim to promote confidence, resilience and competence with numbers and the number system through children working hard and pushing themselves to achieve.
We deliver the programme of study that meet the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014. We offer progression within fluency, reasoning and problem solving and in turn aim for children to become true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge in multiple ways. We provide opportunities for children to challenge themselves, to develop communication skills, independence and co-operation when solving problems in order to take responsibility for their learning. This in turn will equip children with learning behaviours that will support them into their adult life. Key mathematical skills and knowledge are taught in the daily lesson and every effort is made to link mathematics with other areas of the curriculum. Mathematical possibilities are identified across the links between mathematics and other curricular work are made so children see that mathematics is not an isolated subject. Maths vocabulary is used in the correct way in order to develop children’s knowledge. Children are encouraged to use the correct mathematical language and terminology to discuss their mathematics and to explain their reasoning.
At Southrop School, we cultivate positive ‘can do’ attitudes towards Mathematics and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts. We use mistakes as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems before acceleration through new content. We believe that mathematical talk is key to developing learning and that sharing their ideas helps to strengthen children’s own understanding. In addition, our daily Maths fluency sessions allow children to revisit and secure previous learning,
Each lesson focuses on a manageable step of new learning based on the NC statements.
Typical Lesson design:
1) Recap of prior learning
2) Teach It: Live modelling of the new learning with explicit use of potential misunderstandings
3) Practise It: All children practise together.
4) Challenge It: All children practise independently.
5) Solve It: Misunderstandings (True/false, Spot the mistake)
6) Challenge It: Apply understanding to solve new problems
7) Review It: Lesson Recap: Key Concept Statement
We measure the impact of our curriculum through:
- Detailed data analysis from termly assessments
- Reflecting on the standards achieved against planned outcomes.
- Sampling children's learning across the school
- Celebrating the learning at the end of each topic, where children demonstrate the knowledge they have gained
- Sampling children's learning across the school to recognise progress and attainment.
- Pupil discussions with teachers and Subject Leaders about their learning through pupil voice.