Our unique maths curriculum allows children to practise their fluency skills, solve problems and reason with numbers on a daily basis. We aim to teach our children to become mathematicians with a solid conceptual understanding, rather than children who learn mathematical procedures. Lessons are taught to build on the children’s existing knowledge which develops their mathematical understanding in small, manageable steps, resulting in confident mathematicians.
Children become fluent in the core areas of mathematics, through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time.
Children can reason mathematically using mathematical language e.g. ‘I know that… because…’
Children can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing confidence.
Children are given all relevant opportunities to apply their subject knowledge in foundation subjects to further develop and consolidate their mathematical fluency and reasoning skills.
Maths lessons begin with strong modelling from the class teacher which leads onto the ‘Talk Time’ section of the lesson where children can practise a skill and collaborate with their peers to discuss their understanding. Children are taught how to reason verbally and are encouraged to explain their understanding by using stem sentences to develop their oracy in maths. Aim 2 of the National Curriculum is for pupils to be able to reason mathematically. In order to develop this, children need to be able to talk about mathematics. During this part of the lesson, children are encouraged to talk through their reasoning using mathematical vocabulary, with the support of stem sentences, to help them to structure answers.
Once children are ready, the lesson moves on to the ‘Developed Learning’ section where procedural fluency between skills is a main focus. At this point, learning is differentiated to suit the needs of the individual child to ensure all children achieve and are confident learners. Differentiation is implemented through scaffolding and the level of depth at which tasks are pitched.
The final part of the lesson is called ‘Challenge Time’, where all learners are able to apply the skills they have learnt to solve complex mathematical problems successfully by reasoning and explaining how they solved it. The focus in our carefully planned sequences of teaching is to master a single concept and understand it in depth. We are proud to deliver lessons that provide the small building blocks required to develop a genuine conceptual understanding.
At Willesborough Infant School we understand the importance of using manipulatives to support children’s understanding of mathematical concepts. Therefore these are available for children throughout all of our lessons, no matter of their age or ability.
As a result of the carefully structured lessons, high quality teaching and use of manipulatives to support learners, we ensure that our learners make good or better progress in lessons and we aim to inspire them to have a love for maths.
Please click the links below to see an overview of the maths curriculum.
Long Term Planning
To download and print a copy of the above Number Tracing sheet please click on the following link: