How are we putting our intent into practice?
We follow the White Rose Maths scheme of learning to ensure full curriculum coverage. Within this scheme, each National Curriculum objective is broken down into fluency, reasoning and problem solving and our teaching staff use mathematical challenges to teach for mastery – an approach that can extend and deepen the understanding of pupils within each year group.
Carefully shaped lessons and meaningful resources that secure fundamental maths skills and stimulate deep conceptual and procedural knowledge underpin our maths curriculum. At Stella Maris, we value the importance of arithmetic and children are taught daily sessions to reinforce key skills. We ensure lesson objectives are shared in small steps and children are sufficiently challenged with ‘Digging Deeper’ tasks. Our teachers use the Maths Hub scheme as a core for our planning for EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage), Key Stages 1 and 2 in conjunction with a range of other resources such as Maths No Problem, Classroom Secrets and PIXL.
Children at Stella Maris are exposed to the ‘CPA’ approach:
Concrete: manipulatives and concrete objects are carefully used for children to explain and understand what they are doing.
Pictorial: children use pictorial representations to support their reasoning and solve problems.
Abstract: Once the foundations are secure, our children can confidently develop onto the more abstract use of numbers and key concepts.