Maths Vision Statement
“Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected 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 the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.” National Curriculum 2014
At Nutley CE Primary, we have adopted a mastery approach to teaching and learning in mathematics. Mastery involves knowing how and why the mathematics works. It means being able to use mathematics knowledge in new and unfamiliar situations. To support children in achieving this, we use White Rose resources. These are used to both support and challenge children’s understanding, in line with the higher expectations of the National Curriculum. We expect most children to move through this programme of study at broadly the same pace. Teachers will make decisions about when to progress based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier concepts will consolidate their understanding through additional practise and support before moving on.
At Nutley, we want children to become fluent mathematicians who can problem solve and reason confidently. We aim:
• To provide interesting and well-planned lessons, where children continually build on the knowledge they have already mastered, to promote children’s enjoyment of mathematics and provide a foundation for enthusiastic lifelong learning
• To develop children’s mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding e.g. using concrete manipulatives (objects) and pictorial representations (pictures), before moving to abstract symbols (numbers and signs); giving children opportunities to explain or justify their mathematical reasoning using correct mathematical vocabulary; and providing children with plenty of opportunities to solve a variety of problems with differing representations and make rich connections across mathematical ideas
• To secure children’s knowledge and accuracy when recalling number facts
• To deepen the understanding of all children by covering fewer topics in greater depth not 'climbing' the curriculum as quickly as possible
• To help children acquire and apply the mathematical skills necessary for solving problems, not only in the maths lesson, but also in science and other subjects, in everyday life situations, in their future learning and in the workplace
• To develop children’s confidence and resilience in Mathematics by improving their growth mindset so they can reach their full potential
In EYFS, children’s mathematics learning is on-going and is assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum. At Nutley, we give children a range of real and purposeful opportunities to develop their understanding of mathematics. Children are encouraged to use, talk about and explore mathematics in a positive environment. We use practical resources like Numicon and base ten frames as well as pictures and models to master key concepts.