Maths Curriculum at Utterby Primary Academy
Mathematics helps children to make sense of the world around them by developing their ability to calculate, reason and solve problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in number, geometry, measurement and statistics in their everyday lives. It can be used to analyse and communicate ideas and information effectively, and to tackle a range of practical tasks and real-life problems. Through their growing knowledge and understanding, children learn to appreciate the contribution made by many cultures to the development and application of Mathematics
At Utterby Primary Academy we give the children a depth of understanding through our teaching. This means spending greater time going into depth about a subject as opposed to racing through the things that all children should know. As a primary school, it is our duty to ensure that children have an absolutely solid, concrete understanding of subject knowledge and skills as well as being emotionally resilient for secondary school.
Now, we have the confidence to take learning at a steadier and deeper pace, ensuring that no child is left behind, as well as providing deeper and richer experiences for children who are above the national expectation for their age.
We focus on all children achieving what is expected of their age group and not going beyond this. Evidence shows that children need to be able to understand a concept, apply it in a range of situations and then be creative to really understand it. Simply going beyond their age group does not guarantee they understand something, it just means they have heard it.
At our schools no child will be taught content from the year group above them, they will spend time becoming true masters of content, applying and being creative with new knowledge and skills in multiple ways. If a child is not working at the expectations of their age they will complete in or out of class intervention to master earlier concepts with the aim to fill any gaps in understanding and enable them to be able to move to what is expected of them.
Our philosophy is ‘to teach children to be mathematicians by engendering an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject'.
We have developed our Maths Curriculum in conjunction with the AET 'Mastery Flow' model based around a 5 part approach to conceptual fluency: Representation - Fluency - Probing Questions - Reasoning - Richer tasks
At Utterby Primary Academy we aim to:
• Present Mathematics as a challenging, exciting and creative subject in order to promote positive and confident attitudes towards learning.
• To deliver a mastery curriculum where children can develop and apply their reasoning skills to solve a variety of problems.
• Promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for Mathematics by getting children to use and apply maths in different contexts, providing opportunities for exploration and discussion, and encouraging them to take part in a range of practical activities.
• Develop mathematical understanding through the teaching of appropriate learning objectives, including skills, knowledge and a quick recall of basic facts.
• Provide opportunities for children to develop the ability to express themselves fluently, using correct mathematical language and vocabulary.
• Develop children’s ability to be flexible, creative, accurate and to use their initiative and systematic logical thinking.
• Encourage the effective use of maths as a tool in a wide range of activities within school and in everyday life.
• Involve parents and carers in their child’s learning.
We will foster positive attitudes, fascination and excitement of discovery through understanding the teaching and learning of mathematical concepts. Through the use of our 5 part mastery flow model, children’s knowledge and understanding of how mathematics is used in real life will be broadened, enabling our pupils to use and understand mathematical language and recognise its importance as a language for communication and thinking. Our children will develop a ‘can do’ attitude, where they recognise themselves as Mathematicians. Mathematics helps us to understand and change the World, and we want our children to have the skills and understanding to take an important role within this.
For more details see the Maths Policy at the bottom of the page.