At St Gabriel’s Primary School, we endeavour to provide a mathematics curriculum for everyone. Our belief is that children who are functional in mathematics are able to think independently, reason, solve problems and develop resilience. We believe that mathematics should be about creating awe and wonder, enabling children to make exciting discoveries and connections as well as developing positive attitudes, curiosity and an enjoyment that will stay with them.
At Gabriel’s our mathematics curriculum is underpinned by a maths mastery approach that has been carefully sequenced and mapped out across all phases; establishing continuity and supporting the children’s progression through the school. Children develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills throughout their journey. They explore learning through concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. Manipulatives (physical resources) are carefully selected to allow children to explore the structure of maths and develop conceptual understanding.
Our planning combines elements of both Maths beat and White Rose which are both examples of high quality resources supporting our mastery curriculum and enable us to meet the aims of the national curriculum as set out in 2014.
Please also refer to our Maths Calculation policy which shows how we use concrete (physical equipment), pictorial and abstract representations to progress through the mathematics curriculum.
Our well-designed lessons allow children to:
Assessment is an integral part of our learning process and our curriculum is designed to be flexible to meet the needs of all pupils by using regular gap analysis to reflect upon the children’s skills and ensure all children are making excellent progress. Children are assessed on their knowledge and skills regularly and in a variety of ways. Teachers respond the children’s work through written marking and verbal feedback on a whole class, group, paired or individual level.
A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when a child can show it in multiple ways, using the mathematical language to explain their ideas, and can independently apply the concept to new problems in unfamiliar situations.
The progression in knowledge and skills is carefully planned in order to build fluency and deepen understanding of underlying mathematical concepts to help children commit learning to their long- term memory.
The impact of our mathematics curriculum means children are happy mathematicians who confidently talk about their learning using increasing mathematical language, applying their knowledge and skills to make increasing links in learning and develop both fluency and reasoning skills. Our curriculum leads to children making excellent progress over time across all key stages relative to each individual’s starting point.
A range of maths games, problems and articles on all areas of maths. Parents of Key Stage 1 children should select ‘stage 1’ and parents of Key Stage 2 children should select ‘stage 2’.
A useful family friendly maths support website.
A useful bank of maths videos to support homework (* LGFL student USO logins required)
Oxford Owl includes a range of activities, top tips and eBooks to help your child with their maths at home.
Youcubed Parent resources
Times Tables Rock Stars