The National Curriculum for mathematics aims 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 children have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their 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.
These principles inform our teaching at Abbots Green Academy and an overview of how this breaks down into Key Stages is provided by the National Curriculum Summary. A more detailed breakdown of what a child is expected to learn in each Year Group is contained within the Progression Map document.
Teachers from Year 1 to Year 6 use detailed schemes of learning published by the White Rose Maths Hub to plan effective maths lessons. These are adapted as appropriate using teachers’ assessment of pupils’ learning.
In the Early Years children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through play, exploration and discussion. The different aspects of number knowledge and skills are encompassed within the EYFS strand 'mathematics’ however, elements can also be found in all the early foundation stage curriculum areas of learning. Children are assessed in a variety of ways against their developmental milestones and the Early Learning Goals.
An overview of the White Rose scheme for each Year Group is detailed below; this scheme is supplemented through the use of a variety of resources, and additionally, to reinforce Times Tables fluency we subscribe to Times Tables Rockstars (see separate link under Resources). Our Calculation Policy which underpins our teaching of mathematics is also attached below.
To assess our children’s learning against our curriculum we undertake PUMA (Rising Stars) assessments on a termly basis in addition to regular teacher assessment in the classroom. SATs are national tests that children take twice during their primary school life: Firstly, at the end of Key Stage 1 (KS1) in Year 2, and then secondly, at the end of Key Stage 2 (KS2) in Year 6. These standardised tests are known as End of Key Stage Tests and Assessments, but most commonly known as SATs. In 2019/ 2020 the government plans to introduce the Multiplication Tables Check to test children’s knowledge of their tables at the end of Year 4.