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Providing pupils with a high quality Mathematics education is essential if our pupils are to be successful in their future careers. Maths is essential to everyday life, needed in science and engineering and technology and financial literacy is required by all. Providing a high-quality mathematics education should be engaging and enjoyable helping pupils to understand the world and encouraging them to be curious learners. In line with the aims of the National Curriculum, at St Luke’s C of E Primary School, we ensure that all pupils:

 

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • Can 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.

 

The aim of our Mathematics curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the outcomes for every child so that they know more, remember more and understand more. As a result of this our intentions are that our pupils will:

 

  • Make rich connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
  • Be able to apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects.
  • Realise that mathematics has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems.
  • Know that it is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.
  • Understand the world, have the ability to reason mathematically. Mathematics has an important role to play in the development of children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

At St Luke's we follow the Power Maths scheme of work:

We also use the 'Ready to progress document' from the DfE to ensure pupils practise and secure skills in mathematic fluency. In EYFS and Key Stage One, children also access Number Sense.

Have a look on Twitter at the fantastic maths going on at St Luke's: #Stlukesburymaths

RECOVERY CURRICULUM – COVID 19 (September 2021 latest update)

 

Throughout this turbulent year, Maths has been a top priority at St Luke's.

 

During school closures:

 

  • In EYFS, maths videos, resources and activities were provided for children to access at home with support from a family member or carer.
  • In Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, children were taught maths daily via live, online lessons delivered by their class teacher. Teachers continued to explicitly model processes and methods and provided opportunities for pupils to practise and apply these through a number of different strategies at home.

 

We recognised it was sometimes difficult for children at home to practise methods independently without one-to-one feedback and support from a teacher. We provided lots of free resources for children to access at home to support them with their independence, however understandably learning has been lost due to school closures and misconceptions developed in certain areas. It was also difficult for children to access certain parts of the curriculum such as 'shape and measure' at home without the necessary equipment. 

 

Priorities for September 2021:

 

To address lost learning in maths over the last year, St Luke's are introducing a new maths scheme called 'Power Maths'. This is a fantastic resource to introduce new or tricky concepts in the maths curriculum in small, manageable chunks. This will enable pupils to gain a deeper understanding and practise and apply their new learning in a range of contexts.

 

Through a deep analysis of recent assessments, gaps and misconceptions have been identified within pupils' mathematical ability and these will be addressed within the new curriculum and through further intervention for pupils where necessary.

 

Children will have the opportunity to practise new learning at home through our online resource called Mathletics. This will help them to embed and secure new skills. (Please see Homework section of the website for details of when children can swap their books.)

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