At Queen’s Crescent School, we strive to deliver a stimulating and enjoyable Maths curriculum, whilst ensuring that through appropriate support and challenge, learning is tailored to each and every child. We recognise that problem solving and application of maths in context is a fundamental quality of our children as mathematicians and this approach reflects the aims of the National Curriculum (2014).
The National Curriculum (2014) aims that all children:
- 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.
- Can 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 vision for the children of Queen’s Crescent School is to thoroughly underpin mathematical learning by developing an even balance between conceptual understanding and procedural fluency, in order to develop the children’s arithmetic proficiency. Arithmetic proficiency is an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently and accurately. To support this development we utilise manipulatives, such as Numicon, Dienes and real life apparatus in whole class and small group activities throughout the school. Please refer to the school’s 2014 Calculation Progression for further information about how to support your child in developing their written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
As appropriate, we provide intensive 1:1 and small group interventions for pupils across the school to ensure that children reach their full potential and make good progress in developing as life-long learners.
At Queen’s Crescent School, we recognise that Mathematics is essential for the advances on which our economic future depends and equips our pupils for the role that Science, Technology and Engineering will play in their future. To enable our learners to understand the value of Maths in real life contexts, and demonstrate ways to engage in Maths in the wider world, we have recently introduced ‘Maths Missions’. This strategy provides the children with an opportunity to engage in cross-curricular Maths learning, specifically linked to their topic. This will sometimes be class based rather than grouped by ability. As we, as teachers, become further adept at assessing the children’s developing skills in line with the new curriculum, this approach ensures that children are aware of their ‘Next Steps’ and what they need to do to improve.
Rapid recall of number facts is essential for successful progression through the National Curriculum expectations. The crucial statutory stages of mental maths skills, through which all children should move, are outlined within our updated ‘Superhero Passports’. This informs our target setting from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
‘Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and
sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.’
(National Curriculum, 2014)
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