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Mathematics Intent at HCPS:

 

At HCPS our intent for Mathematics is to teach a rich, balanced and progressive curriculum using Maths to reason, problem solve and develop fluent conceptual understanding in each area. We believe all pupils can achieve in mathematics! There is no such thing as a ‘Maths person’, that is the belief that some pupils can do maths and others cannot. We teach the skills to ensure our children are resilient learners who become life-long mathematicians. We aim to deliver an inspiring and engaging Mathematics curriculum through high quality teaching. Lessons are child focused and Maths is kept fun and current in school. The intention is for our children to be excited about Maths! We expect Mathematics to be utilised as a tool beyond the daily Mathematics lessons and beyond the classroom.

 

Our curriculum enables pupils to be proficient, competent and confident with a range of mathematical ideas and concepts. We want our children to have a positive attitude towards Mathematics and develop confidence in the subject. We value the importance of mathematical discussion and vocabulary, allowing all children to build connections Maths in lessons and Maths in the real world - therefore allowing our children to better make sense of the world around them relating the pattern between mathematics and everyday life.

 

Following a mastery curriculum, and its strategies, helps promote a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject, with teaching for conceptual understanding at the heart of everything we do. This ensures that children become fluent in calculations; possess a growing confidence to reason mathematically and hone their problem-solving skills. In order to improve our Mastery approach and improve the quality of our Maths teaching, in September 2021, we implemented the ‘White Rose Maths’ mastery scheme. The scheme is used to help build a culture within the school of deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths.

 

With the support of the Maths Hub our staff are working hard to further embed the Mastery approach in school. Teachers are developed, supported and aided in their roles ensuring confidence in the skills and facts they are required to teach. Both governors and parents are kept regularly informed of all developments in our curriculum. The mapping of Mathematics across school shows clear progression in line with age related expectations. Pupils are challenged and we believe in a child led approach whereby pupils can take ownership of their learning. Mathematics in our school is enhanced by:

 

  • Introducing mathematical content through stories and learning about inspirational mathematicians;
  • individual class Maths displays and working walls designed to aid children through each topic;
  • all children in school have access to the Maths Whizz website. After baseline assessments are completed, the website provides a 1:1 virtual tutor allowing children to work at their own speed and challenge. Children complete this as homework as well as during some lessons and interventions.
  • Secondary School Maths Road Show trips
  • Celebrating World Maths Day each year; and
  • Inviting parents/other members of the community into school to discuss financial matters and careers.  
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