At Stamfordham Primary School we recognise the importance of mathematics throughout each child’s every day and future life. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in the world around them. We intend to give each child the self-confidence and resilience to reach their full potential by ensuring that they have the tools to calculate fluently, reason logically, problem solve and think in abstract ways.
What are we aiming to achieve?
How is our vision translated into practice?
We recognise the value of making a coherent journey through the national curriculum and each year group follow a medium term plan where small, cumulative steps build a solid foundation of deep mathematical understanding. We utilise the White Rose Maths scheme as a planning tool, which provides a structured spine of learning throughout school, but teaching is carefully adapted and supplemented with additional resources, according to the individual needs of pupils. Children's learning is regularly reviewed through the analysis of pupil performance data, ongoing teacher assessment and pupil voice activities to ensure that our curriculum provides challenge and support for all.
Our creative and ambitious curriculum gives our children opportunities to be curious and critical thinkers. Children explore maths in depth, using mathematical vocabulary and resources to reason and make connections. The children are taught and encouraged to explain their choice of methods and develop their mathematical reasoning skills whilst recognising that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives and wider curriculum.
From Early Years Stage, we use the CPA approach. It is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils, exploring concrete, abstract and pictorial representations. We have a strong emphasis on securing key number facts to build strong automaticity, which are targeted through key approaches such as the Mastering Numbers program in EYFS and KS1 to engaging interactive activities such as Times Table Rockstars in KS2.
What is the impact of our curriculum?
Number & Mathematical Patterns- 85% achieved ELG compared to 72% nationally (2019).
KS1 Maths 2021-2022:
At the end of KS1 82% of pupils reached the expected standard and above compared to 69% nationally (2019).
KS2 Maths 2021-2022:
At the end of KS2 85% of pupils reached the expected standard and above compared to 71% nationally (2022).
Each classroom creates an environment for children problem solve with support, using Working Walls and Strategy Shops. ‘Star Maths’ provides opportunity for pre-teaching before the lesson to give children the best engagement and confidence for the activity ahead.
At Stamfordham Primary School, children benefit from a flexible curriculum that builds on what they understand and know already. We believe that exposure, not only to culture but also to situations in which the children might not have previous experiences of, is of paramount importance to their ongoing successes in maths.
Gradually widening children’s mathematical experiences as they progress through school is an important step in providing rich and engaging learning across the curriculum. At Stamfordham, learn through maths week, data in science with Captain Chemistry, after school clubs, Victorian maths day, Times tables Rock stars’ day, STEM workshops, CSI workshops, Maths Café drop in sessions, maths career day, maths in farming and geographical mapping/directions.