At Consett Junior School, we strive to encourage our pupils to have a love and an enjoyment of Mathematics and working with numbers. We value every pupil and the contribution they have to make. As a result we aim to ensure that every child achieves success in this subject and that all are enabled to develop their skills in accordance with their level of ability. Mathematics is both a key skill within school, and a life skill to be utilised throughout every person’s day to day experiences. We are dedicated to ensuring that these skills are embedded deeply to help our pupils succeed in any challenges they may face in the future.
In Consett Junior School our aims for the teaching of Mathematics are to ensure that all pupils:
- foster a positive attitude to mathematics as an interesting and attractive part of the curriculum
- develop the ability to think clearly and logically, with confidence, flexibility and independence of thought
- develop a deeper understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and investigation
- develop an understanding of the connectivity of patterns and relationships within mathematics
- develop the ability to apply knowledge, skills and ideas in real life contexts outside the classroom, and become aware of the uses of mathematics in the wider world
- develop the ability to use mathematics as a means of communicating ideas
- develop an ability and inclination to work both alone and cooperatively to solve mathematical problems
- develop personal qualities such as perseverance, independent thinking, cooperation and self confidence through a sense of achievement and success
- develop an appreciation of the creative aspects of mathematics and an awareness of its aesthetic appeal
Mathematics is a core subject, therefore in Consett Junior School we dedicate five morning sessions and additional afternoon basic skill sessions to the teaching of Mathematics. Being a core subject in the National Curriculum and we use the objectives from this to support planning and to assess children’s progress. White Rose Maths Hub long term plans and medium term schemes of learning (SOLs) documents are used as a foundation for planning. The Abacus maths scheme is used to source fluency activities. Reasoning and problem solving tasks are sourced from White Rose Maths SOLs and from Classroom Secrets maths scheme. Deepening Understanding resources are used to challenge more able pupils. In addition activities from ‘Times Tables Rock Stars’ are used to develop quick recall skills of the multiplication tables up to 12×12. Less able pupils may access First Class @Number and/or Success @Arithmetic intervention programmes to help fill any gaps in their learning. These schemes exclusively are used to ensure parity, continuity and progression.
We use the White Rose Progression document – which, as mentioned supports coverage and progression within Maths throughout the school.
Outlined below are our Long Term Plans for Maths – whilst we aim to follow the plan accurately we are adaptable to meet the needs of different cohorts: