The mathematics teaching at Crossacres Primary Academy is aspirational as we aim to equip all pupils with the skills required to not only be successful during their time at school but also within the wider world.
In line with the National Curriculum (revised 2014), we expect all pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- Reason mathematically
- Solve increasingly sophisticated problems. We also expect that the majority of pupils progress through the curriculum at broadly the same rate.
Planning is supported by the use of the ‘Maths – No Problem! Primary Series’ which uses an approach first developed in Singapore. The scheme addresses the aims of the mastery curriculum and provides lessons that have been carefully crafted as a result of mathematical research. The mastery approach is based on pupils being taught longer units of work over the course of the year to ensure that they have the time to cover the different areas of mathematics in more depth.
The Maths — No Problem! Primary Series is fully aligned to the 2014 English National Curriculum. The Programme provides all the elements that teachers need to teach maths mastery with confidence:
- Textbooks and workbooks that allow teachers and pupils to explore and master each topic in depth
- An online and interactive teachers’ guide which provides everything you need to plan a lesson
- On-demand video training library
- Support videos for teaching assistants and parents
Please see the below videos from Maths No Problem! which give more details about the approach.
We have developed a mastery approach to the curriculum and this is explained below.
The key ideas of a mastery curriculum include:
- Coherence – small steps of coherent development are planned for within lessons.
- Representation and structure – mathematical concepts and problems are shown through the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations and attention is drawn to patterns and relationships.
- Variation – questions asked within a lesson are structured carefully to draw attention to the patterns and relationships
- Fluency – planning enables pupils to become fluent by making sense of mathematical concepts rather than simply learning facts
- Mathematical thinking – lessons are planned with opportunities for pupils to reason, solve problems and work collaboratively
Learning At Home
Have a go at some of the challenges on the nrich website here:
There are lots of games and resources on the mathsframe website:
At Crossacres Primary Academy we follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics, which can be found here.