Mathematics Curriculum Statement
The aims of our mathematics teaching at Silvertrees align with the aims of the National Curriculum: to encourage children to make connections across mathematical procedures and concepts to ensure fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving problems in maths lessons and in other areas of the curriculum.
When teaching Maths at Silvertrees Academy we whole heartedly believe in including and catering for children of all abilities. We provide challenge through varied and high quality teaching with a focus on the important skills of fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Children explore Maths using the correct mathematical vocabulary, and you will find this displayed around the school, to explain their workings. A wide range of manipulatives are used to explain mathematical concepts. After developing a deep understanding using concrete resources, children will move into using pictorial representations and then finally written methods. Through this CPA approach we believe we are providing the best possible outcomes for your children. Children are encouraged to be determined and resilient and to accept making mistakes is part of their learning.
Maths is taught as a discrete subject following the National Curriculum programmes of study. Where possible, opportunities are maximised to use mathematical skills in other areas of learning. In order for pupils to progress to deeper and more complex problems we recognise that children need to be confident and fluent across each year groups objectives. The school calculation policy is followed by all staff throughout school and you will find it displayed in teaching spaces.
Each classroom has a range of mathematical resources including, Numicon, Base 10 and Rekenreks. In lessons, opportunities are provided for the children to consolidate skills they have already learnt, build on them and engage in reasoning and problem solving. Challenge is provided through our high-quality teaching.
Every child has daily opportunities to build their fluency and reasoning in maths following the NCETM Mastering Number programme.
In addition to following the NCETM Mastering Number progamme, Reception, teach maths discretely twice a week within adult-led time. Provision (both indoors and outdoors) is enhanced fortnightly with a focus on maths, giving children opportunities to apply what they have learnt in taught sessions.
Key Stage 1
In addition to following the NCETM Mastering Number programme, Year 1 and 2 have timetabled daily mathematics lessons following White Rose Maths. This scheme allows for children to deepen their understanding at every opportunity.
We are continuously striving to improve ourselves and share ideas amongst staff. The whole school moderates work with colleagues from neighbouring schools. Pupil's progress is monitored against the expected attainment for their age using Key Performance Indicators. Assessment is used to ensure we are providing excellent provision. Formative assessment takes place each and every day with planning being adjusted by teachers accordingly to meet the needs of all children.
We measure this through:
- termly tracking and pupil progress meetings
- lesson observations and pupil voice
- teacher assessment and target setting
- marking and feedback
- summative assessment at the end of each unit and each term
- termly White Rose Maths assessment results and analysis in KS1
- formative assessments throughout lessons
- moderation through staff meetings, by the Senior Leadership Team, across the Tipton Learning Community and by the Local Authority
- termly reporting of standards to governors
- EYFS professional discussions – internal and external
- Key Stage 1 End of Year assessments