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Maths

Curriculum RationaleSpa Academy Children - Maths

In ensuring that ‘better never stops’, our Maths aims to ensure that:

  • Pupils will be fluent in arithmetic so they can apply this core knowledge with accuracy and pace across the maths curriculum.
  • Pupils build the perseverance and stamina to tackle complex problems so that they become flexible thinkers.
  • Pupils are independent learners, self-aware of their next steps and how to support themselves so that they can become resourceful individuals.
  • Pupils will become team players, working co-operatively to solve problems, coach and challenge one another.
  • Pupils are able to apply their mathematical understanding with confidence across the curriculum so that they are able to purposefully use their skills.
  • Pupils take pride in the progress they make so that they grow to be aspirational individuals.
  • Pupils will develop a passion for mathematics so that they approach problems with excitement and eagerness to be challenged.
  • Through high-quality professional development, pupils have access to first-class teaching that is rooted in the belief that ‘every child can’.

 

Curriculum Intent

White Rose Maths - Home | FacebookAt Spa, we use the White Rose Maths Hub resources to ensure our maths planning is coherently sequenced. At the bottom of this page, our progression documents for each domain clearly outlines the intended knowledge to be learnt and built upon at each stage.

It is our intention that pupils are able to accurately reason and, to achieve this, the teaching of mathematical vocabulary must be coherently sequenced. The vocabulary progression document outlines the intended vocabulary explicitly taught in each year group; this is then revisited throughout the year, future years and built upon. 

Maths Knowledge & Skills Progression

 

Curriculum Implementation

 
Our Aims Spa's Approach

Pupils will be fluent in arithmetic so they can apply this core knowledge with accuracy and pace across the maths curriculum.

  • Every maths lesson at Spa begins with an arithmetic session. This carefully-crafted retrieval practice builds fluency and targets whole-class and individual areas of development.
  • Weekly arithmetic allows for a 'check-in' on weekly progress with a focus on accuracy and pace. This allows pupils and teachers to review their arithmetic progress for the week, against age-related expectations.
  • Times Tables Rock Stars is celebrated through classroom displays and whole-school celebration. Fluency in times tables is crucial for success in maths and takes high priority at Spa.

Pupils build the perseverance and stamina to tackle complex problems so that they become flexible thinkers.

  • Messy maths - our approach to 'problem-solving' encourages pupils to apply our school values of creativity and perseverance. This approach, used across school, aims to build enjoyment and stamina in tackling complex problems!

Pupils are independent learners, self-aware of their next steps and how to support themselves so that they can become resourceful individuals.

  • Weekly Arithmetic 'Check-In' allows for pupils (and teachers) to conduct their own 'Question Level Analysis' against standardised arithmetic questions. The discussion that follows these sessions aims to instil pride in progress, discussing how 'better never stops' through the identification of next steps and possible ways to support themselves.
  • In 'teaching to the top', we use concrete, pictorial and abstract approaches to 'scaffold expertise'. Our teaching encourages independent use of maths resources and visuals, supporting our pupils as resourceful learners. 

Pupils will become team players, working co-operatively to solve problems, coach and challenge one another.

  • Reasoning - we have a wide range of structures in place to support and develop effective 'talk' across school. In maths, this is most evident in reasoning sessions. Here, these structures allow pupils to develop their mathematical vocabulary and understanding. 

Pupils are able to apply their mathematical understanding with confidence across the curriculum so that they are able to purposefully use their skills.

  • Get Into Number weeks celebrate how maths is used across all curriculum subject areas. In this week, lessons begin with a subject-related maths activity, demonstrating the importance of maths to everyday life!
  • High standards and high expectations of applying mathematical skills are instilled in, particularly, our science, computing and DT curriculums. In these, portfolio pieces and aims demonstrate how they enhance the maths curriculum provision. 

Pupils take pride in the progress they make so that they grow to be aspirational individuals.

  • Weekly Arithmetic 'Check-In' allows for pupils (and teachers) to conduct their own 'Question Level Analysis' against standardised arithmetic questions. The discussion that follows these sessions aims to instil pride in progress, discussing how 'better never stops'!

Pupils will develop a passion for mathematics so that they approach problems with excitement and eagerness to be challenged.

  • With the belief that 'success breeds success', our maths lessons aim to ensure that success is inevitable and exciting. This, in turn, aims to develop a passion for mathematics. Our classroom environments celebrate and share not only successes but those that challenge themselves. 
Through high-quality professional development, pupils have access to first-class teaching that is rooted in the belief that ‘every child can’.

Visit our Teaching & Learning Overview page for more information on teaching and learning at Spa.

White Rose Maths - Home | FacebookAcross school, we use the White Rose Maths Hub resources to support CPD. Online videos, resources and activities complement our personalised CPD approach. 

 

Media Tweets by South Yorkshire Maths Hub (@SYMathsHub) | TwitterOur maths leadership team work with South Yorkshire Maths Hub on developing Spa's approach to 'teaching for mastery'. This contributes to our CPD programme in school.

 

Curriculum Impact

We are excited to soon share with you examples of pupils' portfolio pieces.

 

Curriculum Leadership

Maths Team Role Staff
Maths Team Leader Mr Jack Wardle (Assistant Headteacher)
LKS2 Maths Co-ordinator Miss Taylor Durham (Class Teacher)
UKS2 Maths Co-ordinator Miss Michelle Fahy (Class Teacher)
Maths Champion Mrs Lisa Hartgrove (HLTA)
   

If you would like to find out more about Maths at Spa, please contact us via the main office.