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:
Mathematics is a core subject and is taught creatively and effectively following the planning and support from the White Rose Maths Hub and other various resources. Our planning incorporates a structure known as the six-part lesson which allows all learners to access the curriculum through the use of Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (C.P.A.). However, where relevant, mathematics is linked to ongoing project work.
Our maths curriculum:
As mentioned above, as an academy have implemented the use of C.P.A. which is a new concept as we believe that all children, should have the opportunity to build competency by taking the following approach.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help pupils master the times tables. To be a Times Table Rock Star you need to answer any multiplication fact up to 12×12 in less than 3 seconds! Our children from Year 1 - Year 6 have their own individual account and can access TTRS at home and school. A baseline is taken at the beginning of every half term and weekly tests are taken to monitor progress.
Goldenhill Primary Academy has been taking part in TTRS for just over two years. We are currently 4th out of the Stoke-on-Trent Schools who take part in TTRS and 2nd out of the Stoke-on-Trent Primary Schools, this is based on speed ability to answer a timestable question. As a school, we have an average speed of 3.49 seconds. This means the children at Goldenhill answer a timestable question on average in only 3.49 seconds which is INCREDIBLE and shows the outstanding dedication and progress the children have made. We are beyond proud of our children.
What else have we been up to this year?!
TTRS Stoke-on-Trent Competition 2020-21
Years 4, 5 and 6 have also recently taken part in TTRS competitions with other nearby schools. The children who took part have received TTRS medals, badges, pencils and postcards for their AMAZING efforts. Photos can be viewed below.
Rockstar Day 2020
On Friday 20th November 2020, we celebrated the TTRS achievements of our children. During the day, the whole school (including staff ) dressed up as RockStars… everybody looked AMAZING! Certificates were given out for the best dressed children and staff! Our TTRS assembly saw some children gain received certificates for achieving certain RockStar Titles which is based on speed of answering multiplication questions. Certain children were also awarded TTRS wristbands for achieving Rock Hero Status (this means their TTRS speed is less then 1 second!!!). Throughout the afternoon, KS1/KS2 took part in a range of TTRS activities these included: a treasure hunt in the hall, designing their own RockStar, taking part in who wants to be a Mathionare, making timestable houses and playing on TTRS games!