“The only way to learn maths, is to do maths.” – Paul Halmos
Our Subject Leader for Maths is Mrs Gibson.
Maths at Fishburn Primary School
The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to design a curriculum, which is accessible to all and will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We deliver lessons that are creative and engaging. We want children to make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. We intend for our pupils to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. We want children to realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. We want them to know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. As our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically, have an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
At Fishburn Primary, our children learn through a mastery approach which is based on the principle of moving through CVA (concrete, pictorial and abstract stages).
For children to have a true understanding of a mathematical concepts there are three phases they need to master: concrete, pictorial and abstract. Children may begin their learning and understanding of new concepts by using apparatus such as base 10, multi-link blocks or Numicon.
After securing the learning with concrete apparatus, they then move on to a picture of the concrete and finally completely abstract methods which deploy only numerals. When children are able to apply a concept and are reliable with their outcome every time, they have mastered it.
Children then expand their knowledge by applying the principles with problem solving and investigations. Children also apply their knowledge across foundations subjects such as: tables and graphs in Science, coordinates in geography and time in history.
We follow the White Rose long term plans and work through the guidance offered through the Small Steps resources. We also use apps such as Times table Rockstars.
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