At Monks Risborough C of E Primary School, we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential whilst developing an enthusiasm for mathematics. The skills of mathematics are essential to everyday life and vital for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
At this school we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education which allows children to:
Maths is taught in line with the National Curriculum following the White Rose Scheme of Learning. We teach Maths for Mastery so that pupils develop a deep and adaptable understanding of the subject. Mastery implies being able to use one’s knowledge appropriately, flexibly and creatively and to apply it in new and unfamiliar situations.
Through careful planning and preparation, we aim to ensure that children are given opportunities for:
From Reception to Year 6, a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach is central in classroom practice; this involves using a range of concrete and visual resources to help develop a deep understanding of key concepts.
Concrete: In this stage, the children are first introduced to an idea or skill by acting it out with real objects.
Pictorial: When a child has sufficiently understood the hands-on experiences, they can progress to relating them to different representations, such as a diagram or picture of the objects.
Abstract: This is the symbolic stage, where the children are able to represent problems using mathematical notations e.g. 10 ÷ 5 = 2.
Therefore, at Monks, each class gives time for fluency development through dedicated lesson time, our daily Monks Mad Math Minutes and Cracking Times Tables programme in Key Stage Two. Targeted reinforcement programmes ensure all children develop these fundamental numeracy skills.
We encourage our pupils to become independent learners and to take responsibility for their own learning. Children take ownership of their tasks they complete through self-differentiation and are always encouraged to challenge themselves, understanding that we learn from mistakes. In Key Stage Two, it is regular practice for pupils to mark their own work and are expected to identify where and how mistakes have been made. Across the school, all children have regular opportunities to explain their reasoning verbally.
At the point in which children have secured their expectations in certain areas of the Maths Curriculum their thinking is challenged and extended through open ended, higher order questioning and problem solving activities.
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each topic, the vast majority of pupils will have sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it; some pupils have a greater depth of understanding.
Pupils will have:
There will be an increasing enjoyment, engagement, depth of understanding and attainment in Maths.