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MATHS CURRICULUM STATEMENT

At Five Elms, we strive towards shaping assured and resilient mathematicians who relish the challenge of maths. The children shall become independent, reflective thinkers, whose skills not only liberate them in maths but also support them across the curriculum. Mathematics is integral to all aspects of life and, with this in mind; we endeavour to ensure that our pupils develop a positive and enthusiastic attitude towards Mathematics that will stay with them.

Our Mathematics curriculum provides pupils with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. It equips pupils with a powerful set of tools to help them understand and change the world. These tools include making connections, problem solving, logical reasoning, and the ability to think in abstract ways.

At Five Elms, we follow the Mathematics Mastery curriculum. The Mathematics Mastery approach has three key principles: deep understanding, mathematical thinking and mathematical language, with problem solving at the heart of our curriculum. This curriculum is cumulative, so each school year begins with a focus on the concepts and skills that have the most connections, and this concept is then applied and connected throughout the school year to consolidate learning. This gives pupils the opportunity to ‘master maths’; by using previous learning throughout the school year, they are able to develop mathematical fluency and conceptual understanding. Five Elms Primary School.

At Five Elms, we use ‘Maths Mastery Dimensions of Depth’ to deepen pupils’ understanding. These are: conceptual understanding, language and communication and mathematical thinking. A crucial part of a 'deep understanding' in maths is being able to represent ideas in many different ways. Using objects and pictures to represent abstract concepts is essential to achieving mastery. We believe it is essential for pupils to develop mathematical thinking in and out of the classroom in order to fully master concepts. We consider the fact that pupils should be encouraged to use mathematical language and full sentences throughout their maths learning to deepen their understanding of concepts. We strongly believe that a problem-solving approach is the key to mathematical success, and should be used continually throughout lessons to build on depth of understanding.

Our Mathematics curriculum provides pupils with a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Maths Chase is a completely free site where you can quickly test your times tables. The website aims to make maths learning more fun for everyone. We have found that our simple game really helps children learn their times tables. Maths Chase games help children learn by using repetition and also increase their speed gradually as they become more skilled. Maths Chase allows you to increase the speed you need to answer questions as you become more confident in a fun and engaging way. Click here to try it.

 

Useful Maths Help Guides & Videos

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