In our school we take pride in providing a safe, HAPPY and secure environment where our children can ENJOY their LEARNING, enabling them to GROW and SUCCEED in preparation for the world ahead. A culture of understanding, respect and equality are values we uphold to celebrate the unique nature of every child.
This policy expresses the school’s purpose for the teaching and learning of Maths. It sets out the aims; planning of the curriculum and assessment and monitoring. It was developed in summer 2021 by the subject leader (Craig Marsh) through discussion with teachers and the leadership team and based on the National Curriculum programmes of study (POS). It will be reviewed on (date).
Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
The maths curriculum at Summerfields is highly ambitious and designed to ‘open up the world’, for ALL children; including those that are disadvantaged and pupils with SEND. This will embed a love of learning; help children to enjoy their journey while supporting them as they grow - giving them the opportunities to succeed and be happy. Our curriculum is underpinned by precise, current, robust research, which is embedded throughout; enabling pupils to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. Pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. Due to our mastery approach to maths pupils will move through the programmes of study together. However, in response to precise assessment of starting points, trends and common barriers to learning, teaching and learning is consistently adapted and personalised based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through rich and sophisticated problem solving opportunities, while pupils who may not be sufficiently fluent with earlier material are supported to consolidate their understanding, through personalised additional practice.
At Summerfields, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
• 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.
• Can communicate, justify, argue and prove using mathematical vocabulary;
• Develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence, so that they contribute positively to the life of the school, their local community and the wider environment.