Leader of Maths: Mr Ellis
At Eastfield Primary School, the maths curriculum aims to provide children with the confidence and thinking strategies to tackle practical and problem-solving situations in everyday life. We inspire the children to be brave and take risks and we respond to this through responsive, engaging lessons, which are underpinned by a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach.
The maths curriculum has been constructed to reflect the Teaching for Mastery approach, which we believe will allow children to achieve high standards. Well thought out lessons, which work through a small steps progression, aim to develop fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills whilst supporting children to move learning into their long-term memory.
Please see the curriculum progression below
We understand and value the need for continued professional development within our teaching team and so we have started to build links with other schools through the NCETM and the local Maths Hubs. This ensures staff are well-supported and they can support all children effectively to make good progress.
White Rose Maths supports the small step progression of our lessons. This works alongside the National Curriculum and means that the sequence of lessons follows a small steps approach. As well as this, we ensure our lessons are responsive to the need of our classes by using assessment data. This data enables us to seek out misconceptions and gaps within a child’s understanding. We then use researched retrieval practice techniques to constantly revisit and develop knowledge further.
The structure to a maths lesson makes sure learning is built around rich mathematical vocabulary, a concrete, pictorial and abstract approach and appropriate challenge. Within a daily lesson, our targeted skills and drills, daily times tables practice and flashbacks support long-term memory.
We pride ourselves on children having a secure understanding of Number Bonds and Times Tables, as we believe this allows children to become fluent and confident within maths lessons. We ensure through low-stake quizzing that learning moves from the working memory to long-term memory by doing regular, consistent practice. TT Rockstars and Numbots help support your child at home with this learning.
By the time children leave Eastfield, we want all pupils to be confident and competent mathematicians. In order to achieve this, pupils must become numerate and have a fluent knowledge of arithmetic. They will be able to work with numbers and also develop the ability to reason, use known mathematical facts and explain their reasoning of a mathematical problem. It is important that pupils see that maths is not an isolated subject as they will be required, throughout their education, to apply the skills learnt in Maths to other areas of the curriculum and their everyday lives.