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At St Mabyn school, with God’s love we learn, grow and flourish together.

 St Mabyn Church of England Primary School Maths Statement

Our school is one part of a family of well-connected schools. It is a small, nurturing school packed full of love:  love for one another; love for learning; love for our neighbours and community and love for God. It comfortably sits in the heart of a picturesque, small rural village being overlooked by St Mabyn Church. In our school, adults and children collaborate to create a safe learning environment where everyone can flourish and achieve greatness, becoming curious imaginative life-long learners. St Mabyn School is the gateway through which the future possibility of the adult emerges.

 

John 3:8

"My little children, let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth,"

 

 

Intent

Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?

 

The National Curriculum programme of study states that:

 “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 National Curriculum has three broad aims 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.
  • can 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

 

At St Mabyn Primary we foster a positive can do attitudes and we promote the fact that ‘We can all do maths!’ We believe all children can achieve in mathematics, and teach for secure and deep understanding of mathematical concepts through manageable steps. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenge through rich and sophisticated problems so children can identify what a mathematical concept is and isn’t.

 

Implement

What do we teach? What does this look like?

Our Maths curriculum is shaped by our school vision and curriculum drivers CAN:-

Develop a Caring heart- Children will find out who they are, their place within the world and how they fit in.

Develop an Active mind and body- Children will have the wisdom to use their knowledge and skills to be the best learners now and for their future.

Develop a Nurturing character- Children will stand up for themselves and others; respect each other, be prepared for personal challenge and successfully collaborate.

We aim to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. 

We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression using the Power Maths scheme as our main resource,  however this is supplemented by other quality maths resources. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year, sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children and embeds the big ideas for Mastery teaching as shown below.

 

 

 

Maths is taught daily for an hour but this is subject to change based on the needs of the learners and the professional judgement of the teacher. Mental calculations and number recall are supported by times tables and 99 club.

Our classes are mostly mixed age; teachers use their professional judgement to link skills based on year objectives- where necessary skills are taught separately in groups.

Impact

What will this look like?

Progress and attainment are tracked through daily assessment for learning, Power maths end of unit challenges, written assessments, which include White Rose, NFER and Sats Papers. Using all this information the teacher assigns a point in time assessment level, which is recorded on Pupil asset.

 

Picture 1 Shady rectangles
Picture 2 Recording
Picture 3 Recording
Picture 4 Max Box Investigation - Making the boxes
Picture 5 The open topped boxes
Picture 6 Problem solving in Class 1
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