Mathematics

Curriculum Intent

Our aim is to deliver a high quality mathematics curriculum which engages and equips all children with a deep understanding of maths concepts, structures and procedures, that will serve them throughout their lives.  Children will learn essential basic skills, enabling them to build a confident, deeper and wider understanding of more complex and challenging mathematics.  Through a mastery approach and language rich environment, children are encouraged to ask questions, reason and problem solve whilst developing positive learning behaviours such as resilience and perseverance.  We provide a maths curriculum that is suited to every child’s needs through the use of scaffolding and challenge. Our vision at South Borough Primary School is that all children will leave school with a secure understanding of mathematical concepts that they can apply to everyday life.

Curriculum Implementation

At South Borough Primary School we have planned our maths curriculum using the National Curriculum aims and requirements in conjunction with the small steps of White Rose Maths.  Throughout the school, the teaching of maths takes place daily. 

Within each key stage’s programme of study, lessons have been designed to build on the multiple strands of maths. This includes; place value, number, fractions, measurement, geometry and statistics. In Upper Key Stage 2, this also includes algebra and ratio and proportion. 

Children build upon previous knowledge to gain a fluent and in-depth understanding of each strand. Children will be given the opportunity to become increasingly fluent and have confidence in reasoning and problem solving through the use of manipulatives and a range of representations. Children will also complete a range of essential arithmetic tasks, including regularly revisiting all four key operations, securing number facts and developing efficient calculative skills. Children will also have the opportunity to rehearse the rapid recall of times-table facts on a daily basis.

Children are regularly assessed and teachers will strive to rapidly address any identified errors or misconceptions through adaptation to planning and effective in-the-moment feedback. 

Children’s learning is recorded in their individual maths books. Children take pride in the layout of their work and have a clear understanding between the link of clear working out, peer or self-marking and looking back to see if/ where they have made errors. Grouped and partnered learning is also employed regularly.  Our youngest learners are exposed to a number-rich environment and are provided with a broad range of engaging opportunities to explore the concepts of numbers, counting and mathematics. 

At South Borough, the children are provided with many experiences to ensure that maths is seen as a vital life skill. The school has access to Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars which encourages children to continue their learning at home as well as to independently work through different concepts. We also ensure we celebrate key mathematical days, for example NSPCC number day to show children that maths really is everywhere.