The Maths Curriculum
Our maths curriculum is enquiry based, fully inclusive and meets the needs of all learners, starting from building strong foundations in our EYFS, supporting and challenging them on their journey to being secondary ready, and ultimately ensuring that they are equipped with the cultural capital, skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.
Meet our Maths Coordinators
Mrs S Hare
Mrs S Saint
Our vision for maths is to encourage all of our pupils to develop their knowledge and understanding of maths and we aim for ALL pupils to enjoy and achieve in becoming confident, independent mathematicians.
We believe that a broad and balanced maths education is the entitlement of all pupils, regardless of ethnic origin, gender, class, aptitude or disability. It is our vision that all pupils during their journey will display the essential characteristics of mathematicians:
- An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within maths
- A broad range of skills in using and applying maths
- Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system
- The ability to show initiative in reasoning and problem solving in a wide range of contexts
- The ability to think independently and show resilience when faced with challenges
- The ability to embrace the value of learning from mistakes
- The ability to reason, think systematically and make sense of solutions
- Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques
- A wide range of mathematical vocabulary
- A commitment and passion for the subject.
From the beginnings of maths teaching in our EYFS, we build strong learning blocks within ‘Number’ counting readily with numbers up to 20. Within ‘shape, space and measure’ children use everyday language to describe and compare objects around them.
The teaching of maths at Biggin Hill Primary Academy is carefully designed, planned and implemented to ensure that all pupils are challenged to fulfil their potential. Maths lessons are rich in resources, vocabulary, questioning and content enabling them to develop mastery of the aims of the National Curriculum.
Maths lessons are taught discretely to give depth and breadth to the curriculum area. Lessons are designed to build on prior knowledge using small steps to deepen the children’s understanding of mathematical concepts. Wherever possible maths is incorporated through a thematic approach which ensures children are thoroughly engaged and enriched. This also helps to connect mathematical concepts and support the transference of skills.
At the beginning of a maths lesson you will see a planned opportunity to revisit and reinforce prior learning and key skills. ‘Hooks’ are used to engage pupils into learning and give the teacher an insight into prior knowledge and levels of understanding.
Throughout the children’s maths journey, you will see children taking part in: Fluency, reasoning and applying skills to problem solving. Pupils learn concepts through concrete resources (manipulatives), use of pictorial representations and movement into the abstract. Our pupils are encouraged to make links between the three approaches to learning.
Maths National Curriculum Aims
In line with the Maths Programmes of Study KS1 and KS2 the school aims to ensure that all pupils:
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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 solution.
The maths curriculum is assessed against the following:
- Measurement and geometry
- Number – calculations
- Number- place value and fractions
- Ratio, proportion and algebra (year 6 only).
The impact of the maths curriculum is measured through regular book scrutinies, subject specific learning walks, teacher and pupil discussions and data analysis. The school leadership team, subject leaders and governors relentlessly drive the maths curriculum forward and monitor it vigorously.
If you would like to find out more about how to support your child in maths at home please view our School Calculation Policy below.