Maths Curriculum Intent Statement
'A high-quality mathematics education 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'. (National curriculum 2014)
At Corfield Church of England Infant School we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and confidence to solve a range of problems through fluency with numbers and mathematical reasoning. Children are encouraged to see the mathematics that surround them every day and enjoy developing vital life skills in this subject.
Our aim is to provide your child with a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and to build a sense of enjoyment, awe and wonder for the subject. Children are given the chance to use a range of exciting and age appropriate stimuli to inspire their learning and to ensure maths is purposeful and enjoyable.
With the support of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) we use Numberblocks to introduce number. There will also be an emphasis on understanding the ‘counting principles’ as a foundation to early calculation. We will build on these foundations to encourage children to explore mathematical concepts further and prepare them for KS1.
We follow the ‘Maths – No Problem!’ Scheme in KS1 and their mission statement – ‘We believe that every child can master an understanding and love of maths with the right kind of teaching and support’.
In KS1 lessons we aim to encourage children to enjoy mathematics by developing their curiosity through fun, practical activities (incorporating real-life situations where possible) and problem solving, leading to a foundation for understanding which, in turn, will help them contribute to the world.
Communication is key as the children work alongside their peers to reason, explain and justify their thinking using mathematical vocabulary.
Teachers carefully plan open ended, challenging questions to encourage the children to think mathematically, making connections and drawing conclusions about mathematical concepts and problem solving. Misconceptions are addressed as they arise, and teachers and teaching assistants actively engage the children in proving their ideas.
The three aims of the National Curriculum should be addressed every day, not only during maths lessons.
Fluency – Reasoning – Problem Solving
Teachers at Corfield Church of England infant School are always building on their own mathematical knowledge by observing and sharing good practice in other schools and are currently involved in a TRG (Teacher Research Group) within the Maths Hub to improve classroom practice using a mastery approach to teaching mathematics.