Maths at Lees:
Our Maths Curriculum is ambitious, thorough and progressive. We aim for all children to become fluent in the fundamentals of maths, through embedding mathematical skills of arithmetic, developing the ability to reason and problem-solve, so that our children feel confident using and applying their mathematical skills/knowledge in the wider world. . We want our children to develop a curiosity about using and applying maths in different contexts, which will in turn, foster an enjoyment of life-long love of Maths.
Fluency, reasoning and problem-solving skills are all underpinned by a child’s arithmetic skills. We use a variety of resources and techniques to improve and 'drip-feed' these skills into learning through daily arithmetic starters & morning challenges each day before the main session. Every child takes part in maths activities each day, which is underpinned through using the 'White Rose Maths Hub' scheme of learning. In lessons, we build on our knowledge, by recapping what we know and then children are introduced to new concepts in a progressive way. A concept is taught and practiced to increase a child’s fluency and confidence before then exploring in greater detail, with reasoning and problem-solving opportunities being introduced to all children. This helps ensure that children develop a deep and long-lasting understanding of a concept.
Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable the achievement of mastery over time. Within each unit, children can strive to achieve understanding at a greater depth, with children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, when appropriate for the individual. We recognise that in order for pupils to progress to deeper and more complex problems, children need to be confident and fluent across each yearly objective.
In Maths, 'everyone can', and we like to reinforce that all of our children are capable of achieving their very best. Differentiation is achieved by deepening knowledge and understanding, and through individual support and intervention, where are variety of resources are used to support children's learning, from concrete practical resources to a range of other supporting materials to promote greater depth learning.