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Mathematics Curriculum

Maths

Mathematics is one of the core national curriculum subjects. We aim to produce confident mathematicians who can use and apply their knowledge and understanding in a variety of contexts. Children are encouraged to take risks and to face challenges and problems with a positive approach.

 

Mastery Curriculum

The Maths Mastery Curriculum places conceptual understanding at the heart of children’s learning. We follow the Herts for Learning Programme which aspires to produce a secure and sustainable progress in learning maths - based upon a deep understanding of concepts, in parallel with fluency, -enabling connections to be made between mathematical ideas.

 

The aims of this mastery curriculum are that all pupils:

 

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of maths

 

  • Reason mathematically

 

  • Solve problems

 

 

Key features of teaching for mastery at Southtown:

 

  • Keeping the class working together with whole class direct teaching

 

  • Practical opportunities and use of a variety of approaches, including games and visual representations

 

  • Frequent opportunities to reason and problem solve

 

  • Emphasis placed upon learning through reasoning, developing multiple strategies and deep understanding

 

  • Rich mathematical talk supported by the teachers’ questioning ( getting the right answer isn’t enough if children don’t know why the answer is the right one)

 

  • Development of understanding through linking ‘concrete’ (materials and resources) to ‘abstract’  ( such as calculations) via pictorial representations ( diagrams and drawings).

 

  • Longer time spent on key topics so learning can be deepened and embedded

 

  • Differentiation

 

  • Pre-teaching and follow up teaching sessions as needed

 

  • Increase in challenges, through depth and breadth questioning, open-ended tasks and

 

problems- to develop reasoning skills.

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