Mathematics Curriculum Intent
We have designed a curriculum which is accessible to all and maximises the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement. We recognise that in our school particular context, basic understanding of number, fluency of factual recall and fluency of mathematical procedures are vitally important in order for our children to gain the mathematical knowledge they need to succeed in life.
Our high deprivation indicator means starting points are well below national expectation, therefore our curriculum reflects a need for all groups of learners to make rapid progress from their starting points in basic mathematical fluency. Such is the current level of learning, we have made a conscious decision to limit our teaching of problem solving and reasoning until pupils acquire consistent application and understanding of the 4 operations. Our curriculum planning is regularly reviewed and adapted to reflect the needs of pupils taken from our analysis of formative and summative assessment data.
Our systematic use of reflection and learning reviews is starting to identify those pupils who have retained short-term mathematical number facts and fluency and committed them to their long term memory.
It is important for our pupils to be able to use and apply their mathematical knowledge to science and the wider curriculum. We will actively drive mathematical skills through other subject areas, where appropriate. We want our children to understand that maths is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy, employment and a successful adult life. We aim for our pupils to use and apply their mathematical knowledge and skills in the world in which they live for a brighter, secure future in which they can thrive.