WHAT are we aiming for?
Our MATHS curriculum aims to:
- Equip all our children with the basic numeracy skills necessary for life.
- To ensure that children become fluent in the fundamental of maths .
- Develop in all children a positive attitude towards mathematics and a belief that all children ‘can do’ maths.
- Provide opportunities for all children within the school to develop their full potential in mathematics.
- Develop in children the correct use and understanding of appropriate mathematical vocabulary.
- Provide opportunities for children to use mathematical skills across the curriculum, in particular science and design and technology.
- Foster a love for maths
HOW do we achieve this?
At Forsbrook, we deliver a mastery curriculum, where pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time, ensuring that all children master concepts before moving on to new content.
We use a small-step approach and draw on research and pedagogy from the National Centre of Excellence in Mathematics (NCETM).
We use the DfE approved programme ‘Power Maths’ which has been carefully designed to ensure that the practice used is intelligent practice that both reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency and develops their conceptual understanding. We aim to spark curiosity and excitement about maths, as well as nurture confidence in mathematical concepts. Power Maths provides daily challenges and compliments our own approach to fluency, problem solving and reasoning. Skills and concepts taught through Power Maths are then applied to other areas of the curriculum.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 follow the NCETMs Mastering Number Programme which aims to secure firm foundations in the development of good number sense so that all children leave KS 1 with fluency in calculation and a confidence and flexibility with number. Attention is given Weekly arithmetic quizzes are delivered from Year 1 upwards and immediate interventions (Fix-its) are placed to scaffold learning.
Challenge is provided through daily lessons and additional opportunities across the curriculum are provided such as the Primary Maths Challenge, enterprise projects and intra-school competitions.