Kentmere Academy and Nursery

Kentmere Academy and Nursery

Maths

Maths Curriculum of Intent

Maths Curriculum of Intent

For every child to develop a sound understanding of Maths, equipping them with the skills of calculation, reasoning and problem solving that they need in life beyond school.

“Outcomes in mathematics are similarly impressive.  Pupils apply their understanding of number to real-life problems problems and challenging activities.”  Ofsted 2018

Our Maths Vision

Our Maths Vision

Mathematics teaches us how to make sense of the world around us through developing a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and to solve problems. Mathematicians are able to reason, explain, work systematically and apply their mathematical knowledge to a range of situations and problems. It enables children to understand and appreciate relationships and patterns in both number and space in their everyday lives. Without the successful teaching of mathematics in education we severely limit the opportunities available to our pupils, it is for this reason that mathematics is held with such prominence and enthusiasm at Kentmere.

At Kentmere Academy & Nursery, we believe that all children can, and will, succeed in mathematics. We encourage children to have a positive attitude to maths, we work hard to ensure they develop strong mathematical skills/knowledge and we develop a culture where children persevere and are resilient when they are faced with challenging mathematical concepts. We follow a mastery approach for the teaching of Mathematics to develop children’s understanding and reasoning on a deeper level.  Children are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all children working together on the same lesson content whilst at the same time challenging and supporting pupils to gain depth of understanding and proficiency.  This ensures that all children can master concepts before moving to the next step. Our children are expected to reason and clearly explain their thinking. We firmly believe that the answer is ‘only the beginning’ and our children need to try to explain why an answer is correct or not.

Teachers design lessons so that there is a carefully sequenced journey through the concept being taught, identifying difficult points and possible misconceptions. Children are challenged through careful questioning and supported through the use of concrete materials and visual representations to develop a deep conceptual understanding. We follow the Maths No Problem scheme of work enhanced with NCETM materials to deliver our progressive and ambitious Maths curriculum. Our children are all taught through a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach to Maths Based on Jerome Bruner’s work, pupils learn new concepts initially using concrete examples, such as counters, then progress to drawing pictorial representations before finally using more abstract symbols, such as the equals sign. Children who are finding it difficult to grasp concepts access further adult coaching sessions to ensure that all children are maintaining progress. We also utilise our more able learners as coaches within lessons to develop their ability to explain their reasoning and to provide support for peers. We identify misconceptions as starting places for concept building and use this to respond to the needs of each pupil, allowing additional time before moving on.

Watch our
Maths Video

We hope you will watch our video that will show you some of the amazing learning and fun that takes place in our school.  Our pupils had fun being filmed and showcasing their work.

Maths Gallery

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