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Mathematics Statement of Intent
The intent of our mathematics curriculum is to ensure that every child enjoys mathematics and becomes an enthusiastic mathematician by developing their skills, knowledge and understanding through practical experiences that have relevance and purpose in everyday situations. It is important that children develop the skills of numeracy to become lifelong learners. They should be able to apply these skills in different situations across the curriculum and in daily living outside school.

 

We want every child to make connections across mathematical concepts in order to develop their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills, and to be able to apply their mathematical knowledge in other curriculum areas.

 

We want to develop a numerate environment where mathematical risk-taking, creativity and logical thought are encouraged in order to develop independent learners.

 

It is essential that they understand its importance in being able to function effectively in everyday life, including carrying out employment and dealing with financial matters.

 

Aims of Mathematics at Goldenhill Primary Academy
We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop a positive attitude towards mathematics.
  • develop and consolidate basic mathematical skills and become numerically fluent.
  • promote confidence and competence with numbers and the number system.
  • develop the ability to solve problems through decision making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
  • develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered, presented and interpreted.
  • explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts.
  • develop mathematical communication through speaking and listening, practical activities and recording work.
  • develop an ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life.

 

Implementation:

 

Mathematics is a core subject and is taught discretely following the planning and support from the White Rose Maths Hub. However, where relevant, mathematics is linked to ongoing project work.

 

Our maths curriculum:

  • has number at its heart. A large proportion of time is spent reinforcing number to build competency
  • ensure teachers stay in the required key stage and support the ideal of depth before breadth.
  • ensure pupils have the opportunity to stay together as they work through the schemes as a whole group
  • provide plenty of opportunities to build reasoning and problem solving elements into the curriculum.

 

As an academy, we believe that all children, when introduced to a new concept, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking the following approach.

 

  • Concrete-children should have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand what they are doing.
  • Pictorial- alongside this children should use pictorial representations. These representations can then be used to help reason and solve problems.
  • Abstract- both concrete and pictorial representations should support children’s understanding of abstract methods.
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