At St Ignatius Catholic Primary School, our mathematics curriculum is designed to develop a child’s ability to calculate, to reason and solve problems. Our aim is for all children to think mathematically, enabling them to reason and solve problems in a range of context. Children should experience a sense of awe and wonder as they solve problems, discover different solutions and make links between different areas of mathematics. We aim to provide a deep understanding of the subject through a concrete, pictoral and abstract approach. Through all this, we aim to develop children who find fun and enjoyment in mathematics.
As a school, we follow the blocking sequence from the White Rose Hub, to build children's depth of understanding when teaching each mathematical skill. Teachers focus on a particular mathematical topic for an extended period of time to ensure a deeper understanding before moving onto the next mathematical area. Teachers will not revisit a topic area however topic areas will make links back to mathematical skills that have already been covered.
We use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in mathematics. We do this through lessons that provide opportunities for whole class teaching, group discussion, independent learning, use of manipulatives and learning activities that include fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
At the beginning of a Maths lesson, teachers will introduce the learning with a Challenge Question. This is used as an opportunity for mathematical discussion, fluency, reasoning and problem solving. It is also used as a “hook” for children into the learning by showing mathematics in a real life context or as a fun puzzle to solve.