Curriculum Intent (Vision)
At Manor Field Junior School, we believe that our children learn best when Maths is taught through a practical approach with real-life scenarios, where learning opportunities are carefully planned to meet the needs of our pupils, so that they are motivated by – and engaged in – their learning.
Our aim is for children at Manor Field to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics so that they develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately;
- Solve problems by applying their mathematical skills to a variety of problems, including unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios;
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry develop justification or proof using mathematical language.
Implementation of the curriculum
At Manor Field Junior School, we develop our children’s resilience and motivation, which enables them to engage confidently with, and enjoy, our Mathematics curriculum. Our broad Mathematics curriculum develops their skills in reasoning, problem solving and arithmetic.
In our daily teaching of Mathematics, we use a variety of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. Encouraging children’s curiosity, and ensuring they understand the importance of maths in everyday life, is a fundamental part of enabling Manor Field learners to become successful and confident mathematicians. Children engage in an integrated curriculum, which ensures Maths is incorporated into their current topic, as well as real life scenarios.
We recognise the range of differing abilities among our children and provide suitable learning opportunities that allow all children to access the challenges within the curriculum. We achieve this through adult support, peer support, group work, personalised learning and use of practical equipment, as well as planning lessons daily to suit the needs of the particular children within each class.
As a school, we also use Times Table Rockstars, which promotes an enjoyment of Maths online and allows children to access the curriculum in a different way, both at school and at home. We value the importance of times table recall by having a school ‘Times Table Belt Challenge’. As children progress, they achieve a certificate for their particular colour belt, and at the highest level children continue to be challenged, by allowing them to compete against each other and the Headteacher.
Impact of our curriculum
Supported by our broad and balanced curriculum, Manor Field children are resilient in their approach to mathematics and are proud of what they have achieved. Children can confidently and accurately recall and apply known number facts to solve a range of multi-step problems. Their secure mathematical fluency skills will enable them to solve problems related to unfamiliar contexts and real-life scenarios.
Immersing children in mathematical language through Starting Points and Maths Boards allows them to become more confident in understanding reasoning questions as a whole, particularly in their EOSK2 SATS. Children are able to justify their journey to an answer by using appropriate mathematical language and a range of representations Eg. bar model, part-part whole models, place value counters, dienes etc.
Children of all abilities achieve in all lessons. The most disadvantaged children and children with SEND are given the practical opportunities to broaden their mathematical understanding of real-life scenarios and become lifelong learners. More able children rise to the opportunity to be stretched and challenged through a range of strategies, including NCETMS Mastery Challenges, NRICH problem solving, and planning and delivering lessons to peers.
Calculations Progression Document
We have created a 'Calculations Progression Document' to ensure we have clear progression through the calculations used in all four areas. This is also a helpful resource to support parents at home.