At Dean Field, we are committed to raising the outcomes for children in each and every subject but especially the core curriculum subjects such as maths. Mathematics plays a pivotal role within the overall context of the curriculum as it is based on patterns and relationships from the world around us as it can be and is applied in almost all other curriculum areas as well as real life situations. Our school wishes to give all pupils the confidence to make sense of the world in which they live, by the understanding of, and the ability to think and communicate in, the language of mathematics.
Our aims for maths are that pupils can;
- Have the quality teaching and resources needed for them to progress and achieve.
- 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.
- 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.
How our maths curriculum is constructed
For years 1 – 6, we follow the National Curriculum as defined by the Department for Education. For reception and nursery, we follow the EYFS framework, and White Rose Maths and Ten Town is used to supplement the learning.
We believe that a secure understanding of number and place value is an important building block that must be in place before moving on to any other, more complex mathematics, hence why each teacher dedicates the most if not all of Autumn 1 term to teaching and developing their class’s understanding of number and place value.
The maths curriculum is underpinned by providing our children with opportunities to become fluent in concepts, to reason and to problem solve. They do this by using concrete, pictorial and abstract methods. To help us to deliver the curriculum in a coherent way, we use White Rose Maths where it is broken down into small steps, which we teach discretely in our lessons. Each year group has specific calculation methods and strategies that are used to teach their maths curriculum.
At Dean Field, maths takes place daily. We teach to the top, allowing all children to access their own year group’s curriculum. Intervention is mostly immediate, but otherwise, the same day. Within each lesson, we aim to build on previous knowledge and scaffold the children to progress further and achieve the objective set by the teacher. Responsive teaching is implemented as much as possible in which teachers and teaching assistants are assessing the children within the lesson to ensure, if they are struggling, that they receive the help that is needed and any misconceptions are addressed before the end of the lesson.
Counting, mental maths and times tables are at the heart of our maths teaching and underpin much of the learning in key stage 2. We have a short focus on a mental maths objective or strategy in each lesson to help our children retain and make links between mathematical concepts.
Maths Must Knows
Here is a selection of the Must Knows that we provide for each year group, for each maths unit covered. These Must Knows are designed to be used at home by parents as part of homework and revision, in school to supplement work in lessons and to recap previous learning. We want every pupil to be able to recall the facts given on the sheet but also to practise the methods taught. These are carefully structured so that knowledge and vocabulary are sequenced and built upon over time. We are confident that these Must Knows will help our children to develop and retain key knowledge on a wide range of topics and will significantly improve their vocabulary.
A full range of maths must knows can be found on each class’s Seesaw account
Maths Long Term Plans