Our school vision is ‘Happy learners aiming high'
The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) aims to ensure that:
all children develop the necessary building blocks to excel mathematically. Children should be able to count confidently, develop a deep understanding of the numbers to 10, the relationships between them and the patterns within those numbers. By providing frequent and varied opportunities to build and apply this understanding - such as using manipulatives, including small pebbles and tens frames for organising counting - children will develop a secure base of knowledge and vocabulary from which mastery of mathematics is built. In addition, it is important that the curriculum includes rich opportunities for children to develop their spatial reasoning skills across all areas of mathematics including shape, space and measures. It is important that children develop positive attitudes and interests in mathematics, look for patterns and relationships, spot connections, ‘have a go’, talk to adults and peers about what they notice and not be afraid to make mistakes.”
The 2013 National Curriculum for Mathematics aims to ensure that all children:
At Caldecott, these skills are embedded within maths lessons and throughout the day in indoor and outdoor learning in EYFS. Skills are developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We want all children to develop a curiosity and an enjoyment of maths, to be able to reason mathematically and to experience success.
In EYFS, Maths is taught in Reception through short maths sessions using White Rose Maths and NCETM resources. Alongside this, maths happens throughout the day in Nursery and Reception through purposeful play-based activities both indoors and outdoors.
Great emphasis is placed on teaching mathematical vocabulary, showing children a range of representations and embedding an understanding of number.
The content and principles underpinning the 2013 Mathematics Curriculum and the Maths curriculum at Caldecott reflect the mastery approach and are based upon the White Rose Maths programme of teaching with adaptations so that so that we have a best fit for our children.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approach helps children in developing their collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. Children sometimes underperform in maths because they think they cannot do maths. The school’s use of White Rose Maths addresses these preconceptions by ensuring that children experience challenge and success in maths by developing a can-do attitude and by encouraging a growth mindset. This is underpinned and reinforced by our school values and focus on our 5 Rs: respect, resilience, resourcefulness, responsibility and reflectiveness.
The impact of our Maths curriculum is seen in:
Building up Fluency in KS1 and KS2
KS2 Times Tables
It is vital that children are fluent with multiplication facts in order to help them solve mathematical problems accurately and confidently. Year 4 children will be taking part in the new Multiplication and Times Table Check in 2022. We have a times tables award system in KS2 to help motivate children to learn their times tables. Children practise their times tables at home by using Times Table Rock Stars
KS1 Number Pairs Challenge and Numbots
Year 1 and 2 children need to be secure in addition and subtraction facts for all pairs of numbers to 20. Children take part in a Number Pair Challenge with gold, silver and bronze certificates to build up rapid recall.
KS1 children all have a log-on to Numbots which is part of the Times Table Rock Stars website. They can practise their number pairs at home.