CURRICULUM – MATHS
INTRODUCTION TO OUR MATHS CURRICULUM
At Camp we believe all children have the right to high quality teaching of Maths. Our aim is to have students who enjoy maths and are fluent, confident, accurate calculators and problem solvers. Most will be able to use a range of strategies and to understand which is the most efficient to use for a given question. All children are supported to be efficient and accurate problem solvers with at least one method.
We use HfL Essential Maths (and in 2020-2021 Back on Track Planning) and fluency slides to accomplish this. Essential Maths has a clear progression of skills and curriculum coverage fully in line with National Curriculum expectations. Fluency slides are being used this academic year to re-activate and retain skills previously taught. By using these across all year groups we ensure a consistency of teaching methods and vocabulary across all year groups. Use of TTRock Stars across years 2-6 support the learning of timetables and therefore UKS2 multiplication, division, and fractions strands.
In previous years, all staff participated in a review of our Calculation policy to ensure common language and methods of teaching. Camp School has historically had a diverse mix of families with different cultures, and languages, and we therefore value Essential Maths’ emphasis on the language and vocabulary of Maths as a key skill. The use of Fluency Sessions several times a week especially supports this for auditory and EAL learners.
Children are taught metacognition through our Learning Behaviours and learn how to help themselves in their own learning. Children are encouraged to self-assess their understanding and choose challenges that stretch them. Essential Maths emphasises the regular use of manipulatives to support kinaesthetic and visual learners. Children are directed to working walls and know where manipulatives, number lines, and other resources are in the classroom so they can independently discover what strategies help themselves learn best. Most interventions and SEN support is classroom based and can therefore adapt to needs as they are identified through AfL.
This year, SLT decided to move as many teachers (and/or experienced TA’s) as possible up with their classes. This has meant most children returned to adults they trust and are comfortable with. Staff know them well, know where they got to in previous learning, and know how best to support them as individuals so that high quality teaching was able to begin immediately.
Staff are encouraged to attend Maths related CPD and we are currently giving dedicated staff development meetings (SDM) time to Back on Track Trainings materials. We also use SDM to give teachers moderation time for termly assessments in year group pairs to ensure accurate judgements. Gap analysis after termly summative assessments provide planning focus priorities for cohorts.
For more information on how we teach Maths in school, please click on the following links:
Progression of Skills Years 1-6
Please click here to view the Herts For Learning Progression of Skills