Aims of the EYFS Curriculum
Aims of the KS1 Curriculum
Aims of the Lower KS2 Curriculum
Aims of the Upper KS2 Curriculum
How KS1 builds upon EYFS
In KS1 pupils will continue to develop the concept of number in a range of representations. They will continue to use practical resources to embed counting and knowledge of place value. Pupils will build on their knowledge of numbers to 20 to identify patterns and make links such as number bonds. They will build on their knowledge of shape and use mathematical vocabulary to identify, classify and draw. Pupils will experience a wider range of measures and will be able to describe and compare. They will increase the number of mathematical words that they are able to read and spell.
How LSKS2 builds upon KS1
In Lower KS2 pupils will continue to embed the concept of number and will become increasingly fluent with larger whole numbers. They will continue to embed number facts and knowledge of place value. Pupils will build on their knowledge of four operations to develop efficient mental and written methods. They will develop their understanding of fractions and will extend to their knowledge to decimals. Pupils will build on their knowledge of shape and use mathematical vocabulary to not only to identify, classify and draw but to reason and analyse. Pupils will develop their accuracy with measures and start to make links between these and number concepts. They will increase the number of mathematical words that they are able to read and spell.
How UKS2 builds upon LKS1
In Upper KS2 pupils will extend the concept of number and will become fluent with large integers. They will embed knowledge of the number system and place value. Pupils will build on their knowledge of four operations to develop efficient mental and written methods and will make connections between these. They will also be able to apply these methods to a range of complex problems. Pupils will develop their understanding of fractions and decimals and will extend to their knowledge percentages and ratio. They will build on their knowledge of shape to increasingly complex geometric properties and use mathematical vocabulary reason and analyse. Pupils will develop their accuracy with measures and make clear links between these and number concepts. They will increase the number of mathematical words that they are able to read and spell. Pupils will be introduced to the language algebra and will use this to solve a range of problems.
How UKS2 prepares pupils for KS3/Secondary readiness
Throughout Upper KS2 pupils will build on mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence involving increasingly sophisticated problems to prepare them for KS3. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge in science, geography, computing and other subjects. In preparation for KS3, pupils will need to discover that mathematics is an interconnected subject in which they need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas.
At the beginning of each Maths lesson all pupils will complete a ‘Flashback 4’ challenge. This is a range of questions that rely on the pupils being able to recall prior learning. Each challenge recaps the learning from, last lesson, last week, last unit and last academic year. This allows teachers to assess if learning has been retained.
At the end of each half term there is a consolidation block which allows teachers to revisit units or areas of maths as necessary based on informative or formative assessment of the pupil’s understanding.
As pupils progress throughout the school they will build on the skills and knowledge already acquired. Units of work are designed to build on and extend the pupil’s understanding.
Although as a school we follow White Rose Scheme of Learning to support teaching of learning of maths, the sequence has been adapted to meet the needs of our pupils. Each unit of maths has been tailored to allow key concepts to be revisited regularly. This change has been made to provide the pupils the opportunity to practise and embed skills and enable learning to be retained in the long term memory.
All lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of the pupils. This could be through the use of scaffolding, complexity of the task or through challenging pupils to apply their skills.
Concrete apparatus is used regularly to support the understanding of basic skills and to enhance the understanding of more abstract concepts. The Maths learning walls provide additional scaffolding where the learning for the week/unit is displayed to allow the pupils to recap on prior leaning and build on this. WAGOLLs are also displayed to support pupils in understanding the expectations of the lesson. Key mathematical vocabulary relating to the unit is added to the learning wall as it is introduced, this is regularly referred to, to deepen the understanding of the language needed.
Pupils are provided with the opportunity to extend their learning through carefully planned problem solving or reasoning activities when they have shown a secure understanding of the mathematical concept at a varied fluency level. These activities can demonstrate the depth of knowledge and understanding and can identify pupils who are exceeding.
Mathematics has many links with other areas of the curriculum
Curriculum Assessment and Intervention
Prior knowledge will be assessed daily during the ‘Flashback 4’ challenge. Throughout the lesson, questioning will be used to assess pupils’ ability to demonstrate their learning through discussions where pupils will be challenged to explain and justify their thinking. Teacher assessment will be used throughout all lessons and other appropriate times to continually make judgements on pupil’s knowledge of key content and skills. Teachers will indicate whether a pupil is working at identify, develop, enhance or assess level within the lesson depending on the evidence obtained to show depth of understanding. Pupils that demonstrate gaps in their knowledge and understanding are identified by teachers throughout the lesson and time is allocated for them to work within an intervention group with a TA to plug gaps.
To allow for standardisation the pupils are formally tested each term on their arithmetic and reasoning & problem solving skills. These are then marked and data is inputted to Integris to allow for monitoring of trends. Pupils that begin to decline or stagnate are strategically intervened with in and out of lesson time.