The new curriculum in Maths has brought about many changes to the way we teach Maths in school. Here you will find the calculation policy that all staff will be following when they teach the four rules of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We know that, as parents and caregivers, you want to play a role in your child's education and understanding the way they are being taught at school will enable you to help and encourage them at home.
Maths at St Peter & St Pauls
At St Peter & St Paul’s School, we provide enriching experiences to engage learners and in designing and developing our curriculum we have taken into consideration:
Cognitive Psychology – an understanding of how children learn and remember.
The Characteristics of Effective learning – enabling children to develop self-awareness, self-esteem and critical thinking skills.
Communication: Speaking and listening lies at the heart of our curriculum. We believe that all pupils should be able to express themselves clearly for a range of purposes. We model and teach the verbal reasoning and questioning required for developing mastery in thinking about mathematics.
The National Curriculum provides a framework for mathematics, but the school is aware of the need for flexibility and creativity in teaching and learning styles in response to the needs of individual children. The emphasis in the National Curriculum is to ensure that all children become fluent in using the number system, are able to reason and explain mathematically, and that they can solve problems using applied maths knowledge.
At St Peter & St Paul’s we use the strongly research based schemes of Learning (SOLs) provided by White Rose. Their progression through the curriculum ensures that every area is covered systematically and with depth of understanding before going deeper with reasoning and problem solving opportunities.
We utilize physical resources to allow children to explore the number system, patterns and relationships between numbers by adopting the CPA approach: concrete, pictorial, abstract. This allows children to manipulate numbers physically, then to represent finding and understanding in a visual form, before relying on abstract symbols (numerals). We celebrate the use of all the CPA representations with a whole school project to highlight the usefulness of manipulatives for exploring, explaining and exemplifying our maths knowledge. This approach also ensures sufficient challenge for pupils to stretch themselves and take risks in their learning, as more open questioning leads to open ended investigation.
At St Peter & ST Pauls we make use of the reseach and expertise of the NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics as well as materials from NRICH (the university of Cambridge Faculty of mathemetics)
The resources below will help you to understand the teaching of maths in school as well as how you can support deep and flexible understaning of maths at home.