1) Provides an overview of our vision for Maths and how it links to our school vision
2) Provides an overview of the written methods we use in our Maths
3) Includes our calculation policy
Growing Mathematicians to Live in God’s World
At St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School, we are growing mathematicians to live in God’s world. Pupils begin at our school with a range of mathematical knowledge and skills, this is where we begin their mathematical journey. Our intent is that the teaching of mathematics will enable all pupils to be lifelong learners, with the ability to recall number facts, reason and solve problems throughout their lives. With our principle of Hope at our root, we aspire to create courageous mathematicians who persevere when tackling challenges and finding solutions. The teaching of reasoning and problem solving through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods will equip pupils to tackle these challenges day to day.
GROWING: Our focus is on ambitious and continuous development within a nurturing and supportive environment, recognising that different pupils will need different levels of support in order to achieve success. With hope at the root, it encompasses belief, aspiration, courage, perseverance, transformation and celebration.
Aspiration: Class teachers consistently model high expectations to pupils which means they understand what is expected of them. The Maths Team also undertake regular monitoring to uphold high standards, which includes discussing and moderating pupils’ work internally. Our intention is to re-establish moderation across schools when COVID restrictions relax. Perseverance: At St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, the Maths teaching is differentiated to ensure that all children make progress and are appropriately challenged to develop their conceptual and procedural understanding. Transformation: All teachers follow a Maths framework, the National Curriculum alongside curriculum maps to underpin their Maths teaching. Alongside this, where mathematical skills and content are revisited, formative assessment is used to ensure that prior understanding is built upon and embedded and to help plan for next steps within the children’s learning journey. Pupils also undertake start and end of unit assessments as this helps to identify their previous knowledge and any gaps or misconceptions. Celebration: Our Maths books demonstrate that pupils take pride in their Maths outcomes. Pupils are also encouraged to independently complete home learning tasks, which demonstrates they have a love of mathematics.
MATHEMATICIANS: We want our learners to be equipped with the knowledge and skills for success in life. Our approach encourages active engagement and promotes lifelong learning. With wisdom at the root, it encompasses learning, truth, thinking, exploration, discernment and humility. Learning: The Senior Leadership Team and a member of the governing body at St Andrew’s C of E Primary School are aware of the Maths curriculum as they are actively involved in moderating tasks with the Maths Team. Thinking: Teachers’ use effective open-ended questioning alongside ‘chilli challenges’ to stimulate and deepen children’s thinking. Exploration: Pupils experience a broad and deep curriculum, with a range of opportunities to experience practical Maths experiences.
TO LIVE IN: Our ambition is for pupils to thrive, not just survive. The promotion of health and wellbeing and active citizenship contribute to this. These influence our relationships and behaviour.
GOD’S WORLD: We want our pupils to understand more about God, to know and share His love and to follow Him into their futures. We want them to be contributors in their local community and respond to global issues. We aim to provide them with a broad range of cultural experiences. Our Christian distinctiveness is at the root.
Please click on the links below to watch support videos, from our children, to help understand some of the written methods we use in our Maths.