The Wilson Primary School

Maths

Our Vision

As a federation we recognise the important role of mathematics throughout each child’s everyday and future life. Maths enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in the world around them. It is essential for everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.

Our aim is to give each child the self confidence and resilience to reach their full potential by ensuring that they have the tools to calculate fluently, reason logically, problem solve and think in abstract ways. We aim to prepare our students for any career or life path they choose.

Our Currriculum

Year 1 Maths overview

Year 2 Maths overview

Year 3 Maths overview

Year 4 Maths overview

Year 5 Maths overview

Year 6 Maths overview

Curriculum Intent

In our school, we intend our mathematics curriculum to enable children to:

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • Become confident, competent and independent mathematicians.
  • Develop a deep conceptual understanding of maths and its interrelated content.
  • Able to recall and apply knowledge rapidly.
  • Reason and problem solve by applying mathematics to a variety of increasingly complex problems.
  • Develop children’s ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
  • Build upon children’s knowledge and understanding from Reception to Year 6.
  • Develop resilience that enables all children to reason and problem solve with increased confidence.
  • Deliver an inspiring and engaging mathematics curriculum, taught by highly-skilled staff, which sparks curiosity and excitement, nurturing life-long confidence in maths.

Curriculum Implementation

As a Federation, we recognise the value of making a coherent journey through the national curriculum – to support this each year group follows a medium-term plan where small, cumulative steps build a solid foundation of deep mathematical understanding. Formative assessment is threaded throughout both lessons and units of work; and appropriate revisions to planning are made by skilled class teachers to ensure all lessons are tailored to best meet the needs of their children.

With the support of White Rose Maths resources and the NCETM, teachers create personalised lessons based on what they know their children need to be taught. It is essential that children have a deep understanding of the most important elements that underpin the mathematics curriculum so that there is consistency and continuity as children move from one year to the next. Our school specific calculation policy details what representations teachers use to teach each area of maths and the key knowledge that needs to be understood in each unit. Concrete, pictorial and abstract representations are provided to give consistency to teaching as well as supporting children’s cognitive load. Stem sentences and carefully curated mathematical vocabulary provides children with clear scaffolds enabling them to confidently explain their learning.

Curriculum Impact

Children will leave our school with a bank of efficient and accurate skills that be used to calculate efficiently. These skills will be underpinned by concrete, pictorial and abstract representations ensuring children can show how they know. Children will be able to apply their mathematical skills to become confident and resilient problem solvers with the ability to reason and articulate their ideas using mathematical vocabulary, and be able to justify, reason and explain their thought processes. They will understand the key knowledge needed to access all mathematical concepts and apply them to their future learning and life. We hope to foster a love for mathematics and problem solving to inspire them into life long learning in all areas of their education.