Mathematics Curriculum Intent
The National Curriculum for Maths aims to ensure that all children:
· Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics
· Are able to reason mathematically
· Can solve problems by applying their Mathematics
At Alt Bridge School, these skills are embedded within Maths lessons and developed consistently over time. We are committed to ensuring that children are able to recognise the importance of Maths in the wider world and that they are also able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in their lives in a range of different contexts. We strive to ensure that all children enjoy Mathematics and experience success in the subject, with the ability to reason mathematically. We are committed to developing our students’ curiosity about the subject, as well as an appreciation of the importance and power of Mathematics.
The content and principles underpinning the 2014 National Curriculum for Mathematics and the Maths curriculum at Alt Bridge School reflect those found in high-performing education systems internationally, these principles and features characterise this approach and convey how our curriculum is implemented:
· Teachers reinforce an expectation that all children are capable of achieving high standards in Mathematics.
· Personalisation and differentiation is achieved by emphasising deep knowledge and through individual support and intervention.
· Teaching is underpinned by methodical curriculum design and supported by carefully crafted lessons and resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge.
· Practice and consolidation play a central role. Carefully designed variation within this builds fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts.
To ensure consistency and progression, Alt Bridge school uses the Department for Education approved ‘White Rose Maths’ scheme and the school’s ongoing engagement with the DFE funded Maths Hubs programme continues to ensure that staff at all levels understand the pedagogy of the approach. Teachers use carefully designed questions to encourage children’s discussions and their reasoning. Strategies for problem solving are introduced, including those already discussed which are then revised. Independent work provides the means for all children to develop their fluency further, before progressing to more complex problems. Mathematical topics are taught in blocks, to enable achievement over time. Each lesson phase provides the means to achieve greater depth, with more able children being offered rich and sophisticated problems, as well as exploratory, investigative tasks, within the lessons as appropriate.
The school has a supportive ethos and our approaches support the children in developing their communication, collaborative and independent skills, as well as empathy and the need to recognise the achievement of others. At Alt Bridge School, we encourage overcoming adversity by ensuring that all children experience challenge and success in Mathematics and work towards developing a growth mind-set. Bespoke, regular and ongoing assessment informs teaching, as well as intervention, to support and enable the success of each child. These factors ensure that we are able to maintain the highest standards, with all students encouraged to work towards achieving a formal qualification by the end of KS4.
All students have the opportunity to use the Mathletics programme of study to which the department has subscribed.
This is an online Mathematical learning resource. ( www.mathletics.co.uk ) It aims to help pupils to engage in learning Mathematics and improve their skills at the appropriate National Curriculum levels including GCSE standard.
It is famous for the “Live Mathletics” mental maths activities where pupils can compete with others across the world, or their peers within school.
Mathletics can be accessed at home via any electronic device (ipads/laptops) allowing pupils to practice improving their Maths as part of homework assignments. For their efforts, they can achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.