Statement of Intent
We aim to deliver an engaging and stimulating maths curriculum which is accessible to all. We meet the needs of each learner, building upon previous learning and providing appropriate challenge in order to maximise progress. We want to develop fluency in the recall and use of key facts and methods, which will enable our pupils to apply their mathematical understanding to solve increasingly sophisticated problems.
We are committed to developing the ability of each child to reason mathematically and provide opportunities for all children to communicate their reasoning, both orally and in writing. We have a strong focus on the development of the language of mathematics from early years onwards, and promote the understanding and use of precise mathematical vocabulary.
We want to establish a positive maths mindset across the whole school, where learners have the confidence to take risks and learn from their mistakes. We make rich connections across other subject areas, establish meaningful links to everyday life and instil a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
Pupils very much enjoy mathematics and are able to apply mathematical knowledge, concepts and procedures appropriately for their age. Structured approaches are used to embed calculation strategies. Pupils show that they are fluent and confident in their mathematical skills. They are encouraged to reflect on their methodology and can explain the approaches they have used and their application to a particular problem-solving challenge. Children regularly achieve the highest possible standards in inter-school Maths competitions as a school, in teams and individually; the school has a collective sense of pride in their outstanding achievements.
The maths curriculum at Horfield reflects the aims of the National Curriculum, which are to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics;
- can reason mathematically;
- can apply their mathematics to solve a variety of problems.
The EYFS framework and National Curriculum form the basis of our teaching of maths, reflecting the expectations for each year group. We are adopting the Mastery Approach to teaching maths, as advocated by the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics. This approach enables children to develop a deep, secure, long-term and adaptable understanding of the subject.
We place a strong emphasis on developing fluent (rapid and accurate) recall of key number facts (e.g. number bonds, times tables) through a variety of activities, including the use of practical equipment, visual images, songs and games, and we encourage parents/carers to consolidate their child’s learning at home. Methods of calculation are taught through the use of practical apparatus and images, to develop children’s conceptual understanding; these methods are explained in the calculation policies on the school website. In lower Key Stage 2, we are preparing children for the new Multiplication Tables Check, which will assess their instant recall of multiplication facts up to 12 x 12. This statutory assessment will take place at the end of Year 4.
Development of children’s reasoning and problem solving skills forms an integral part of maths teaching across all areas of the curriculum. To this end, children are regularly engaged in mathematical investigations and other rich tasks in which they can apply their own knowledge and understanding of maths. We provide many opportunities for children to work collaboratively with their peers, and all children are actively encouraged to explain their mathematical thinking to others. Activities are carefully planned to meet the needs of all children: appropriate support is provided where it is needed, and additional challenge is provided by exploring concepts in greater depth.
We regularly celebrate children’s progress in mathematics in our weekly achievement assemblies. We also recognise children’s achievements on Mathletics through the Mathlete of the Week award.
To further support maths learning in school and at home, we are continuing to subscribe to the online digital maths resource, Mathletics. Mathletics contains fun and engaging activities, suitable for all ages and abilities, which closely match the curriculum; it will help your child to consolidate their learning at home. Mathletics also adds a competitive dimension to learning, allowing students to play live mental arithmetic games against other students from around the world. It is available either through the Mathletics website (http://uk.mathletics.com/signin) or as a free downloadable app for tablets. Your child has access to Mathletics through a unique username and password, which your child should have brought home. We recommend that you spend time looking at Mathletics with your child so that you can understand how it will benefit their learning.
As a parent or carer, you can sign up to receive weekly email reports. These reports will provide you with details of your child’s progress and achievement. To register as a parent, you will need your child’s username and password:
- Visit www.mathletics.com/parent
- Complete the fields and click Submit
- Record your new username and password
To access the Parent Console:
- Visit www.mathletics.com
- Sign in using your own user details
If you experience difficulty in accessing Mathletics at home, please contact the school office. Alternatively, you can contact the Mathletics team directly on 0117 370 1990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.