Mathematics

Children at a table learning maths

Curriculum Intent for Mathematics

When teaching mathematics at Beckley, we intend to provide a curriculum which caters for the needs of all individuals, inspires confidence and a “can do” attitude and sets them up with the necessary skills and knowledge for them to become successful in their future adventures. This is our goal of “Maths Mastery”.

We believe that our maths curriculum will create enthusiastic, creative and articulate mathematicians who are confident individuals. Through a varied and inspiring curriculum, we aim to develop the children’s problem-solving, resilience and reflective skills – skills that can be easily transferred across the curriculum.

Our approach to maths is both skills and knowledge In order for children to become successful learners and develop into well-rounded and passionate mathematicians, we aim to encourage their understanding of the world around them in maths terms, and to arm them with the maths skills needed to approach everyday problems. At Beckley, we believe that fluency is key. Children need to have a secure understanding of basic principles in order to deepen their knowledge of the maths. Through our well-rounded and planned curriculum, children are encouraged to challenge themselves through the use of critical thinking and efficient and effective approaches to problems which they may face.

All pupils are encouraged to develop deep thinking and question the way in which the world works, promoting their spiritual growth and helping them to mature into caring citizens. In maths lessons, children are always encouraged to delve deeper into their understanding of mathematics and how it relates to the diverse world around them. Sequences, patterns, measures and ultimately the entire study of mathematics was created to make more sense of the world around us and our aim is to enable all of our pupils to use maths as a tool to explore these possibilities through the use of rich, inspiring and challenging mathematical tasks.

Children are encouraged to make mistakes in a safe and supportive environment. They are supported to discuss errors and misconceptions with their peers and teachers. We intend to place oracy at the heart of our learning through shared work, and include regular opportunities for discussion. Use of appropriate vocabulary is modelled throughout lessons by both staff and children, allowing everyone to ‘talk like a mathematician’. We intend for all pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics. We approach this through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding as well as the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.

We intend for all pupils to reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.

We intend for all pupils to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

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