Mathematics at Selwyn
At Selwyn, the aim of the maths curriculum is to provide children with a foundation for understanding number, reasoning, thinking logically and problem solving with resilience so that they are fully prepared for the future.
National curriculum aims:
- 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.
Our curriculum is designed to build upon children’s knowledge and understanding from Early Years right through to Year 6.
The structure and content of our maths lessons at Selwyn support children to:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through intelligent practice
- develop their conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly.
- embed a deeper understanding of mathematics through a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach.
- reason and problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of increasingly complex problems.
- develop resilience and stamina to enable them to reason and problem solve with increased confidence.
- develop independent learning behaviours through challenge in a three part lesson.
- develop their confidence and become articulate communicators.
- broaden their understanding of how maths is used in the wider world.
A key focus in the Early Years is to develop a deep conceptual understanding of the numbers to 10, providing all children with a secure base knowledge so that they are able to start year 1 with a strong and confident foundation in number.
The teaching of maths at Selwyn is designed to ensure all children become fluent in the fundamentals of maths through intelligent practice and by learning how to reason and problem solve by applying their mathematics to a variety of increasingly complex mathematical problems.
A broad and balanced curriculum is taught across all areas of maths and it is organised to enable children to make rich connections between mathematical ideas. Each topic has a clear learning journey where children build and deepen their knowledge and skills through a sequence of carefully planned lessons.
- Annual overviews are in distinct domains but organised to enable children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems.
- Topic overviews are planned to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is taught across all areas of maths
- Daily maths lessons include fluency, reasoning and problem solving activities to provide opportunities for intelligent practice and appropriate challenge for all groups of learners.
- Concrete manipulatives and pictorial representations are used to support conceptual understanding and make explicit links.
- Weekly practical maths lessons in Years 1, 2 and 3 allow children to learn through investigating, exploring, talking, problem-solving.
- Weekly arithmetic lessons in Years 4, 5 and 6 support their conceptual understanding of arithmetic and flexibility to tackle mathematical problems in different ways.
- Additional times tables lessons from Years 1 – 6 ensure that children are given the opportunity to see, explore and understand the mathematical structures and patterns that lie beneath thus improving instant recall.
- Weekly homework tasks give children the opportunity to consolidate new learning and build on previously taught skills
- Children are assessed on a termly basis
- Half-termly meetings are carried out with each group to discuss progress and further action where appropriate.
- Times tables assessments are carried out at the beginning and end of each term to support practice and application of pupils’ growing knowledge of multiplication facts
- End of topic assessments are carried out to assess progress through the maths journey
- Early Years’ overviews have a strong focus on counting and cardinality and they focus on a ‘Number of the Week’ in addition to their daily maths lessons.
Additional maths sessions
As well as daily maths lessons, there is focused teaching time set aside in Years 1-6 to reinforce the learning of times tables and mental arithmetic. The children are given the opportunity to see, explore and understand the mathematical structures and patterns that lie beneath thus improving rapid recall of key mathematical facts. Assessments at the beginning and end of term help us to document the progress of multiplication facts throughout the year.