Maths Curriculum Statement
Our intent is to provide our children with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that allows them to develop as confident responsible citizens equipped with the skills that will allow them to be successful in our ever-changing world, both in the present and the future.
We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities (memorable experiences) to engage learners and develop their cultural capital which has been recognised as essential if children are to succeed.
We believe that our children should not only reach their best academically, but also develop a thirst for knowledge, foster a love of learning and leave our school with exceptional independent learning skills.
We are fully committed to developing each child's unique potential within a secure and caring environment.
We use our Captain Webb Values to promote positive attitudes to learning:
At Captain Webb, our intent for mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum that helps children develop an ability to solve problems, to reason, to think logically and to work systematically and accurately. We believe that equipping our children with fundamental maths skills will pave pathways to creating resilient, forward-thinking learners, who will continue to build upon these skills in every key stage.
Through our maths learning, we provide opportunities which cater for the needs of all individuals and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. We aim to prepare them for a successful working life; we incorporate sustained levels of challenge through varied and high quality activities that use maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area
Our pupils leave Captain Webb with the knowledge and skills required to be great and confident mathematicians by embedding a curriculum that allows children to better make sense of the world around them by making connections between mathematics and everyday life. We teach the National Curriculum by adopting the White Rose Maths scheme as a planning tool, but we adapt according to the need of our pupils. This adaptation is based upon summative assessment gap information, ongoing formative teaching judgements and pupil feedback. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children.
Our knowledge-based curriculum introduces new mathematical concepts using a ‘Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract’ approach; enabling all children to experience hands-on learning when discovering new mathematical topics, and allows them to have clear models and images to aid their understanding. Declarative knowledge (arithmetic and basic math skills) is taught daily so that pupils know useful facts and formulae and develop an understanding of relationships and familiar patterns. Procedural knowledge is greatly linked to our calculation policy and enables our pupils to process mathematical information accurately and at speed. Finally, conditional knowledge allows children to apply and embed their knowledge through challenging, rich and sophisticated problems
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Mathematics is an important creative discipline that helps children to understand and change the world.
This is supported by the opportunities we provide to develop cultural capital. We do this across the curriculum and throughout the school by:
Organising events such as STEM Week, allowing pupils to apply their knowledge and skills to cross-curricular concepts or topics
Working with global companies such as HSBC to promote financial skills for work, learning and life
Giving children the opportunity to use money in real-life contexts (having spending money on trips or going to the local sweet shop in Year 2)
Our contextual activities in maths at the end of each unit link to a real-life context which gives children a clear understanding of the importance and purpose of mathematical skills
Year 6 undertake an Enterprise project which gives them the opportunity to work with a budget; plan, design and make a product; market a product; engage in the selling process and finally, calculate and understand the importance of profit.
YEAR 4 MULTIPLICATION PROGRESS CHECK
“Leaving primary school with a fundamental grasp of basic numeracy is as important as leaving being able to read. And just as the phonics check has helped more children learn to read, this will ensure more pupils know their times tables.”
Nick Gibb, schools minister.
In June each year, Year 4 pupils are required to sit a multiplication tables check (MTC). This test is online and will require the children to answer 25 questions on their multiplication knowledge from two to twelves times table.
Pupils are given 6 seconds per question with three seconds rest between each question, so the test should last less than 5 minutes.
The MTC will establish which pupils’ times table knowledge is at the expected level and will also help identify which pupils are struggling with their times tables so they can get extra support.
To help your child prepare for these checks, we progressive introduce multiplication facts from year 1 with the expectation that all facts will be known by the end of Year 4. (See the multiplication Planner).
As a school, we also use Time Table Rock Stars. This is an interactive online program which allows your child to practice key facts at speed and allows the teacher to see which facts the children are having difficulty with.
Questions on the six, seven, eight, nine and twelve times table are more likely to come up most often and as these are the hardest for most children to learn, it is a good idea to focus on learning these tables with your child.
For more information regarding the multiplication tables check, please click the link below.
KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts)
At Captain Webb Primary we practise KIRF (Key Instant Recall Facts) daily as part of our Maths Lessons. We strongly believe that knowing these facts is a gateway to become confident mathematicians.
The aim is for children to recall these facts instantly as this will not only allow them to access the Maths Curriculum with ease, but also build their sense of number and confidence when working with number.
To help your child achieve this crucial fluency target, we ask that you help your child to complete some KIRF based activity at least four times a week as part of our reward homework scheme.