St Norbert's
Catholic Primary School

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Mathematics Curriculum

At St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School we want all children to develop into confident and competent mathematical thinkers and to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in a range of challenging and stimulating situations. Our aim is that all children develop a positive and confident attitude to mathematics, enjoy mathematics and reach their full potential as mathematicians.

Mathematics is a core subject in the National Curriculum and at our school we have fully embedded and embraced the changes that the New Curriculum from September 2014 introduced.

As part of this we believe that Mathematics is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

The New National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including the varied and regular practice of increasingly complex problems over time.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, understanding relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into distinct areas, but pupils will make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They will also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.

The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress will always be based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content.

Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including additional practice, before moving on.

With the New Maths Curriculum it is essential that each child must meet all of the objectives by the time they move into the next year group. 

The Maths Curriculum is now set out into 6 sections.

  • Number – including Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division and Fractions ( including Decimals (Year 4, 5 & 6) and Percentages (Year 5 & 6).
  • Measurement.
  • Ratio and Proportion (Year 6 only).
  • Algebra (Year 6 only).
  • Geometry – including Position and Direction.
  • Statistics.

By the time the children are at the end of Year 3 they must be able to use a formal written method for all operations and the differentiated outcomes throughout the years will be the size of the numbers the children are using.

New methods for calculations:

  • Addition – column method.
  • Subtraction – column method.
  • Multiplication – Short multiplication moving to Long multiplication.
  • Division - Short division moving to Long division.

Teachers are free to teach the sections in any particular order, depending on the needs of their class. Where possible and relevant, teachers make cross curricular links between Maths and other subject areas, including through our Creative Curriculum, to ensure relevant links between subjects are maximised to promote our cross curricular approach and links to real life.

At St Norbert’s School all children's progress is regularly assessed and lessons are planned to have appropriate levels of challenge, support and differentiation.

We believe strongly in using practical resources and games (both indoor and outdoor) to promote maths learning and also in relating maths to real-life contexts.  We also use a wide range of models and images to help children understand tricky maths concepts.

The Early Years Setting
In the Foundation Stage we plan mathematical activities that address the learning objectives for mathematics as set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage document. We provide opportunities for children to develop their understanding of number, measurement, pattern, shape and space through a variety of activities, both child and teacher initiated, that allow them to enjoy, explore, practise and talk confidently about mathematics.

Cross Curricular Links
Mathematics can contribute towards many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities are sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities. This provides opportunities for children to begin to use and apply their mathematics in real contexts. These are also at the heart of our creative curriculum experiences.

Mental Maths
At St Norbert’s School we firmly believe that mental maths skills are vital. Once a week the Children practise a range of mental maths skills through Morning Thinking Skills as well as reinforcing areas of learning in their weekly Maths work.

Morning thinking skills are also adapted to the needs of the children with a particular focus, for example practising Multiplication Tables 

Cross Curricular Links including whole school theme days and weeks
Mathematics can contribute towards many subjects within the primary curriculum and opportunities are sought to draw mathematical experience out of a wide range of activities. This provides opportunities for children to begin to use and apply their mathematics in real contexts. These are also at the heart of our creative curriculum experiences.

At times during the year there will be Whole school theme weeks or days linked to Maths and other areas of the curriculum. These weeks are used to excite and engage pupils and develop further a cross curricular approach where skills can be adopted across a range of subject areas. Examples of these are My Money Week, Maths Through Story, Maths through Art, Maths through Science and Number Day.

Maths at Home
At St Norbert’s we encourage all of our children and parents to practise their Maths skills at home in order to extend and secure knowledge and mastery of Maths. Parents can use everyday situations to encourage their children to practise maths e.g. at the supermarket, reading road signs, estimating distances when walking to school etc.

It is also important that children practise their basic maths skills to ensure a secure sense of number. Parent scan support this by practising times tables in fun ways, learning number bonds to 10 and 20 and 100 with objects at home, recognising the value and amounts of real money etc.

Parents can also engage in their children’s learning by completing our weekly Maths corner challenges on the school Newsletter as well as attending any Maths workshops that the school hosts.

Calculation Policy- Maths Calculation Policy

Primary National Curriculum- Maths- New Curriculum for Maths 

Useful websites:

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/ordering-and-sequencing-numbers

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/4_11/site/numeracy.shtml

http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths

http://www.mad4maths.com

http://www.mathszone.co.uk

http://www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk