Mathematics Curriculum at Cherry Orchard Primary
At Cherry Orchard Primary Academy we believe that the development of mathematics skills and knowledge are vital, not only for children to succeed at school, but also to become successful adults. Being fluent with numbers, understanding patterns and using logic and problem solving skills are all essential parts of everyday life and help us to understand and change the world around us. We aim for all children to leave us as competent and confident ‘masters’ of maths, with deep conceptual and procedural knowledge and an enjoyment of the challenges that mathematics provides.
Core Aims in Mathematics
Along with the other primary academies in the Leigh Academies Trust, we follow the National Curriculum for Mathematics. A mastery scheme of learning is used across all key stages to ensure continuity, sequenced teaching of skills, rigorous coverage of the curriculum, and challenge. Lessons are carefully planned to provide learning opportunities that address the three key aims of the National Curriculum: fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
In order to achieve mathematical mastery, we follow a three phase approach to teaching and learning, which ensures all children have the opportunity to develop fluency in the particular skill that they are learning (phase 1); apply their newly learnt skill by problem solving in a real-life context (phase 2) and tackle higher-order challenges in which they investigate multiple solutions and explain their reasoning (phase 3). Mastery is further supported in the following ways:
A wide range of quality resources are used across all year groups, including a variety of manipulatives, such as dienes, and visual representations including the Bar Model. We also use the White Rose Maths materials to support higher level questioning for phases 2 and 3, covering both problem solving and reasoning skills.
All pupils have access to their own personal accounts on an E-learning platform for mathematics. In Reception and Year 1 this is ‘Mathseeds’ and from Year 2 onwards, pupils have access to ‘Mathletics’. Both platforms provide a range of games, lessons and activities covering the full mathematics curriculum and providing opportunities to practise both fluency and problem solving skills. Class teachers use these platforms to set additional tasks to consolidate skills learnt at school. Pupils who use these platforms are home are rewarded with certificates when they reach certain milestones, and these are presented during Celebration Assemblies.
Mathematics in EYFS
During their time in Cherry Pips nursery, children are exposed to number and shape, space and measures through a wide variety of songs, videos, stories and games. Children at this age are predominantly developing fluency skills in counting and an early understanding of the concept of numbers and where maths appears in their environment.
In Reception, children are introduced to one number each week or two weeks. During that time they are able to learn in depth about the concept of that number, including what the number looks like, how it can be represented and where it sits in the sequence of numbers. Fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills are developed and applied to each number in turn, as children explore a range of manipulatives to help them understand how each number can be made and changed. We use NCETM resources based around the ‘Numberblocks’ programmes which help to bring each number and mathematical concept to ‘life’. These ‘Numberblocks’ are then introduced to a classroom display known as ‘Numberland’ where each number lives in a house with a garden unique to their number. Being able to access these resources throughout child initiated play supports all aspects of mathematical understanding, while making sure children are enjoying maths and are motivated to challenge themselves and succeed.