Picture a school where all children are confident mathematicians, where encouragement and support is given and where challenge is not something to be afraid of. Picture a school where the children love to solve problems and can draw on their experiences, knowledge and skills to do so. Where they enjoy experimenting and can understand the importance of maths in their everyday lives.
At Wraxall, we firmly believe that every child can be successful in maths. Our mastery curriculum aims to inspire, support and challenge all pupils to become confident and inquisitive mathematicians.
The aims of our Maths curriculum are for pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of number and the number system, including through varied and frequent practice
- Develop a conceptual understanding, to recall and apply known facts
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, spotting patterns and using mathematical language
- Solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of contexts, using trial and improvement to investigate and explore
Our teaching follows the White Rose Maths sequence of learning and is supplemented by additional materials such as those from NCETM and Nrich. We use a variety of manipulatives and pictorial representations within lessons to encourage flexibility and which act as a ‘toolkit’ for pupils to support their learning. We are always thinking about how we can provide further maths enrichment opportunities throughout the school year, including our annual 'Inspirational Maths Week'.
This took place during the National Census Week 2021 and saw the children conducting their own census of the insects, minibeasts and creepy crawlies in their school environment. They developed an understanding of why the Census is conducted and explored British Values. Each class used storybooks as key routes into Maths and explored a range of concepts in practical ways.
National Curriculum for maths: National Curriculum Maths Link
Boolean Hub (the south-west region’s ‘hub’ of maths expertise): Boolean Hub Link
White Rose Maths Hub: White Rose Link
Power Maths: Power Maths Link
nrich: NRich Link
The study of mathematics, like the Nile, begins in minuteness but ends in magnificence.
Charles Caleb Colton