Why do we teach this? Why do we teach it in the way we do?
Mathematics is a highly important discipline that helps us to understand and change the world while building into many other STEM areas. We want all children at St. John’s Catholic School to experience the enjoyment of mathematics and develop a sense of curiosity within the subject.
We focus on building the confidence and growth mindsets of our learners through clearly sequenced steps that ensure that all children can access the curriculum, deepen their understanding and continue to build confidence across each stage of their learning. We create positive classroom environments that allows children to safely make mistakes and errors, giving them confidence to tackle increasing challenges as they progress through the curriculum. The curriculum is focused exclusively within the year group taught with learners of all levels being catered for with a Mastery approach. The content of lessons seeks to deepen pupil’s understanding of the concepts taught within their year group, through a broad range of activities and problems that develop their arithmetic, reasoning and problem solving skills.
We take a Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract (CPA) approach to explaining mathematical concepts, steadily building understanding of new learning that allows children gain a deeper understanding that exceeds simply learning ‘methods’.
We aim for all pupils to:
What is the impact does the curriculum have on learners and how is it measured?
At St Johns, the expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. We aim for each child to be confident in each yearly objective and develop their ability to use this knowledge to develop a greater depth understanding to solve varied fluency problems as well as problem solving and reasoning questions.
Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through a range of challenging problems before any acceleration through
new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Where necessary, earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on.
Teachers carry out formative assessment through AfL in each session and feedback is given to children verbally, through self/peer assessment and through marking. Teachers then use this assessment to influence their planning. Children are rapidly identified as needing further challenge or additional support, and we ensure that this is provided in a timely
manner through the use of ‘Learning Logs’, where children who require extension or additional support are swiftly identified and tracked as outline in our Marking & Feedback Policy.
Teachers believe that all children can achieve in maths, and focus on whole class teaching. Where prerequisites are not secure, timely interventions will be carried out our interventions are focused on Pre-Teaching and Same Day Intervention groups. Children who regularly require additional support are included on Provision Maps which can be reviewed.
Low Stakes Quizzing and Fluent Recall
We use a range of low stakes testing throughout the teaching cycle to assess attainment and progress. From Year 2 to Year 6, children complete regular tests in Arithmetic and Times Tables. Children engage with fluency based activities to ensure that prior learning is secured.
Children complete End of Block assessments for each phase of learning provided by White Rose. Teachers can then use these
to further inform planning and allow for tailored interventions groups to take place to ensure the objectives are secured.
Our Assessment Calendar also includes 3 key dates for capturing progress and attainment against National Curriculum Objectives. Assessments are carried out in Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
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