At Wellow School we aim to deliver an inspiring and engaging mathematics curriculum through high quality teaching, thus providing our pupils with rich learning experiences to deepen their understanding of this subject.
We seek to foster our pupils’ curiosity and wonder; and to promote creativity, independence and confidence in Mathematics. Through the development of reasoning and problem solving skills, teachers aim to provide opportunities for our children to apply their mathematical knowledge in meaningful ways to understand the world. Mathematics is linked closely with our Science curriculum and integrated across other areas of the curriculum.
Throughout Maths lessons, we endeavour to ensure that children:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice and through solving increasingly complex problems over time
- develop a conceptual understanding of mathematics so they understand ‘why’
- are able to recall facts and procedures and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
- have opportunities to explore, investigate and reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, forming conjectures and generalizing about the relationships and patterns they notice
- are able to communicate their understanding clearly and accurately by developing arguments, justifications or proof using mathematical language
- can apply their mathematics flexibly to solve a variety of problems presented in familiar and unfamiliar situations
- develop their growth mindset by grappling and persevering with challenging problems. Pupils will be encouraged to find a starting point and to break down a problem into smaller steps
- have a positive and enthusiastic attitude to mathematics that remains with them for the rest of their lives.
We follow the White Rose curriculum mapping, ensuring that teaching is cyclical and builds on small manageable steps so that children develop a sound understanding of the concepts. We follow a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to enable children to build competency. We are developing a mastery approach to learning and provide many opportunities for pupils to develop their reasoning and problem solving skills, discuss their mathematical thinking and develop fluency.
In Key Stage 1 the principal focus of mathematics teaching is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value.
In Years 3 and 4 our mathematics teaching is focused upon ensuring that pupils become increasingly fluent with whole numbers and the four operations, including number facts and the concept of place value. This enables pupils to develop efficient written and mental methods and perform calculations accurately with increasingly large whole numbers.
In Years 5 and 6 the principal focus of our mathematical teaching is enabling pupils to extend their understanding of the number system and place value system to include larger integers. Pupils are then able to make connections between multiplication and division with fractions, decimals, percentages and ratio.
Teaching safeguarding through mathematics
At Wellow, through our curriculum we support children to…
- use equipment safely e.g. compass
- solve problems through enquiry
- help other children who are struggling sensitively
- use different representations to solve the problem
- understand that it is positive to make mistakes and learn from them
- develop resilience to keep trying and applying knowledge through practise
- increase their own self esteem by not comparing themselves to others but trying to achieve a personal best