The intention of the maths curriculum at Pennyhill Primary School is that all children are taught to become competent mathematicians; we strive to embed the skills and processes necessary to enable children to use and apply their maths learning in a variety of contexts.
We aim to develop children’s enjoyment of maths and provide opportunities for children to build a deep, sustainable, conceptual understanding of maths. Our goal is for children to become mathematicians who are confident to apply their knowledge to everyday problems and challenges, using reasoning skills to support their thinking.
As a school we recognise that from EYFS through to Year 6, the development of basic skills and increased fluency within these is fundamental to creating the foundation from which reasoning and problem solving can occur. Through careful planning, which takes into account children’s current gaps, all pupils will have the opportunity to achieve mastery in mathematics by exploring concepts in detail and allowing time for them to make connections within this.
At Pennyhill, we use White Rose Maths as a basis for our mastery curriculum from EYFS to Y6. This takes into account gaps in learning caused by Covid -19 partial closures and supports with recap on areas pupils have missed.
Daily Independent retrieval practice is used to support pupil’s in recalling their prior learning and helping them to strengthen and embed long-term memory.
Direct instruction is used as a method to deliver new learning content to pupils, who broadly move through the curriculum at the same pace.
Opportunities for guided practice are included within each lesson. This allows pupils to explore concepts with support from staff where needed. The use of a CPA approach ensures that all children are able to access learning at an appropriate level and ensures a deeper understanding.
All pupils have time daily for independent practice based upon their learning. Work is differentiated where appropriate to ensure that pupils can access tasks set and make progress within their learning.
Exit tickets are regularly used to assess pupils’ understanding of core content, thus providing staff with an insight into who may need additional support or group intervention. This is provided swiftly to allow pupils’ to catch up.
Links to our Curriculum:
WRMH is a cumulative curriculum with strands re-visited regularly. Please click here for our latest Primary Progression overview Long Term overviews by Year Group – 2021-2022 – WRMH
For more information on how we teach calculations, look at our Progression and Calculations documents below for more information:
- Calculations policy Part 1 Addition and subtraction
- Calculation policy – Part 2 – Multiplication and Division
Links for Parents and Pupils: