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MillbrookPrimary School

"Believe Achieve Succeed"

Maths

'Believe Achieve Succeed'

Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe.

Galileo Galilei

 

At Millbrook, our learning journeys flow through a sequence of fluency, problem solving and reasoning. While some lessons may feature all three components, others may be entirely dedicated to just one of the three. We believe it is important for children to understand the difference between the three, so each activity is labelled clearly in children’s books.

 

The intent of our Maths curriculum:

Our intent for the Maths curriculum is to ensure that all children:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

 

Teaching and Learning:

At Millbrook Primary School, our expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. We believe that everyone can achieve in Maths and that all pupils should experience its awe, wonder and relevance.

We follow the Kangaroo Maths scheme of work (from Years 1 – 6) which follows the National Curriculum objective in units, ranging between one and five weeks per block, allowing for a slower and deeper approach across a sequence of lessons. Its rationale is to `focus on principle-led excellence in the teaching and learning of mathematics.  Children are therefore given more time and opportunity to dive deeply into each area of Maths which enables them to access mastery level; once they understand a new concept, we encourage them to apply their understanding to contextual problems or to prove or disprove a mathematical idea with sound reasoning. They may be asked to represent a number or calculation in different ways. Kangaroo Maths supports teachers in providing an engaging and enjoyable curriculum, and teachers are able to supplement this framework by using high-quality resources such as White Rose and I See Maths.

 

Enrichment

We offer children in Key Stage Two to compete in Maths challenges against other schools. In 2018, we came first out of 90 schools in the Year Five Maths challenge event!

 

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