Intent: Our vision for Maths
At St Teresa’s we endeavor to deliver a rich and engaging curriculum to assist each child develop holistically and gain a deep understanding of Maths. We do this successfully by following the Mastery approach. Our role as educators is to: ‘help to shape our children to become the leaders of tomorrow’. We believe in providing a Maths curriculum that:
- equips pupils with the uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include logical reasoning, problem solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways.
- helps children develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards mathematics.
- talk and communication is at the heart of, ensuring children have the correct vocabulary to allow them to describe, interpret, predict and reason so that they can make and justify decisions.
- Is practical and engaging.
Our aim is to ensure the standards within Maths continue to flourish ensuring children become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We venture to ensure that Maths is enjoyable and is taught across the curriculum to allow children to make the vital links they require for future life.
Implementation: How we teach Maths
The Maths curriculum at St Teresa’s follows the National curriculum guidance and is organised and taught following the Maths Mastery scheme ‘White Rose’. EYFS also use ‘White Rose’ to support the implementation of the EYFS framework. This ensures rigorous coverage of all areas on a weekly basis. Teachers are also encouraged to use their ‘teacher judgment’ and not adhere rigidly to a scheme.
Teaching for mastery is founded on a belief that all children can achieve and make progress in Maths. Through high quality teaching and by using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods daily, our children are deepening their mathematical understanding and are able to use mathematical vocabulary to express their thinking. Concepts are built in small, logical steps and are explored through clear mathematical models and images. The focus is on the depth of skills so that all children have a chance to embed learning.
Our ‘St Teresa’s curriculum’ has many cross curricular links in several subject areas such as PE, Science and Art. Children are able to implement and use key Maths skills such as counting, telling the time and measuring when completing various tasks in other subject areas.
Our Maths lead reviews the impact of the strategies implemented and whether they have been effective in ensuring that children progress and achieve. Children show clear progress through the year groups. At St Teresa’s all children are challenged accordingly to their ability which is due to high quality planning and teaching. This is evident in the children’s Maths books/folders and through discussions with children. We endeavor to develop every child as a whole which is why we provide a Maths curriculum that is cross curricular and can set them up for future life. The skills we teach are essential to the development of each individual child and will positively impact their future.
- Raising achievement for all children by following the Mastery approach.
- Children experiencing enjoyment when participating in practical and engaging Maths activities.
- Development of Maths concepts from high quality teaching.
Children leaving primary school with the skills they will require for the future.