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Mathematics

What does mathematics look like in Stanburn Primary School?

At Stanburn Primary School, we aim to provide a high-quality mathematics education. This will allow children to reason and explain their thinking, appreciate the beauty of mathematics and develop a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject. We teach maths with a growth mindset in mind. Teachers create a love of learning and build resilience so that children’s level of thinking can always be challenged through problem solving and reasoning.
Have a look at our maths overview for each year group to find out how our curriculum is sequenced.

Mastery Approach

mastery approach

At the centre of the Stanburn’s mastery approach to the teaching of mathematics is our core principle: Believe, Achieve, Succeed: Learning without limits. Following a mastery curriculum allows pupils to secure a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of the subject. Children’s chances of success are increased if they develop deep and lasting understanding of these methods and concepts. To do this, the use of concrete resources, drawings, diagrams and written explanations are encouraged in all year groups to secure fluency and a give sense of purpose in maths.

Concrete resources

concrete resources

Similarly with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, pupils must not rote learn procedures but show their understanding of these methods through the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations like the ones shown below. This will help to develop number sense and support them to choose the most appropriate method for the task at hand.

pictoral methods

The principle of the concrete-pictorial-abstract (CPA) approach is that for pupils to have a true understanding of a mathematical concept, they need to master all three phases. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those pupils who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should build on their prior understanding before moving on. The National Curriculum states that pupils should become ‘fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics through varied and frequent practice’. Part of this is about knowing key mathematical facts and recalling them efficiently. In order to develop fluency, we have created ‘Key Facts’ for each year group to practice at home. Please see the links below.

What do we want to achieve?

We want all our students to:

• have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable
• become confident mathematicians who are keen and enthusiastic about the number system and solving problems.
• develop fluency in the fundamentals of mathematics so that pupils develop the ability to recall and apply knowledge quickly and correctly
• expose our children to a variety of mathematical opportunities which will enable them to make the connections in learning
• reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
• solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
• be able to talk effectively about their Maths and the strategies they have used in their mathematical processes and to have a suitable technical vocabulary to articulate their explanations.
• teach children that maths skills are essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and many forms of employment

Pupil Voice

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At Stanburn Primary School, the children are at the heart of all that we do. In order to give them a chance to offer their input, we have regular pupil voice interviews. This helps us to gather information and feedback from pupils to continually improve our provision.

Keep an eye out for our pupil voice interviews which are coming soon!