Maths at Wybourn Community Primary School
At Wybourn Community Primary School we recognise the importance of mathematics throughout each child’s every day and future life. It enables children to understand relationships and patterns in both number and space in the world around them. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. We intend to give each child the self-confidence and resilience to reach their full potential by ensuring that they have the tools to calculate fluently, reason logically, problem solve and think in abstract ways.
What we are aiming to achieve-
- Children become confident, competent and independent mathematicians
- Build a deep conceptual understanding of maths and its interrelated content so that children can apply their learning in different situations
- Develop children’s ability to articulate, discuss and explain their thinking using appropriate mathematical vocabulary
- ‘Mistake friendly’ classrooms where children see mistakes as learning tools – there is an emphasis placed upon developing the power to ‘think’ rather than just the ‘do’
- Children develop into resilient and inquisitive learners – skills needed to become life-long mathematicians
At Wybourn we have created our own maths curriculum known as ‘The Wybourn Way’. Our scheme is based on The White Rose Maths Mastery planning but, through consultation, we have developed it to suit the needs of our own children. Concepts and skills are broken down and regularly re-visited to enable children to consolidate learning and apply processes in a practical way.
Our maths planning is targeted to help children become creative and resilient mathematicians who engage and approach challenges with a positive mind-set. Where possible, we make links with themes children are currently learning as we believe this helps to secure and embed their own learning.
Our curriculum takes mathematical processes and breaks them down into chunks that children are able to digest. During each lesson, we look at using concrete materials to deepen and expand a child’s knowledge in order for them to further progress as a learner. At Wybourn we look at three main processes; concrete, pictorial and abstract. As children’s knowledge progresses they will be able to become more competent and abstract learners
By the time children leave our school, we want them to be happy learners who talk enthusiastically about their learning and eager to further their progress in maths. We aim to deepen understanding and improve competence and confidence for every child in maths.
We want them to:
- Accurately use mathematical language during class/pupil discussion.
- Show fluency in number and arithmetic.
- Feel challenged throughout topics through reasoning and problem solving activities
- Achieve high standards in-line with that of the national average.