Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.
Our intention is to offer our pupils a broad and balanced curriculum following the National Curriculum key areas of:
So that our pupils will:
We use the White Rose programme at St Mary's which follows a clear structure of topics, building upon each year. When teaching, we use the CPA approach (concrete, pictorial, abstract) which ensures learning is embedded.
The approach starts with concrete where the pupils use physical resources to support them in grasping a concept. This moves onto pictorial where the concrete resources are now represented as pictures and also where pupils learn to draw to help them solve calculation problems. This then leads onto abstract where pupils are now confident with the concept and can apply what they have learnt through the abstract from. The approach is tailored to the pupils' needs and will be used to best suit each pupil.
We ensure consistency across the school with clear progression. We develop the pupils' fluency in both mental and written forms, as well as giving them the opportunity to reason.
Alongside White Rose, use draw on other resources to supplement teaching such as Nrich and the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics.
Pupils also have access to online platforms such as Times Tables Rockstars and Sumdog.
We monitor our pupils' progress carefully through class observations, discussions with pupils, work scrutiny and summative and formative assessment. Our maths achievement has been good to outstanding overtime.