At East Bergholt CEVC primary school, the main aim of our maths curriculum is to ensure all children are fluent in the key fundamentals of mathematics. They will be able to reason mathematically and apply their knowledge to solving problems. Our curriculum allows children to make connections and patterns between mathematics, other areas of the curriculum and everyday life, allowing children to make better sense of the world around them.
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, we use White Rose Maths to support our children in developing a mastery approach to maths. Units of learning are blocked, well sequenced and build on previous learning. Lessons ensure progress is achieved through small steps, allowing children to develop their subject knowledge, consolidate skills and apply this to their new learning. We encourage children to ask questions, investigate and have a ‘trial and improvement’ approach.
Strands in maths include: Number and Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Ratio and Proportion, Measurement, Geometry, Algebra and Statistics. At East Bergholt, maths lessons may include the use of practical resources (with a concrete, pictorial, abstract approach); collaborative learning; investigations and word problems; opportunities to practise key skills and apply their knowledge to problems; reasoning opportunities; mini plenaries to move learning on; and fluid groupings.
Our curriculum encourages all children, regardless of ability to think deeply and apply their skills to new, and increasingly complex situations. Children are able to select appropriate methods to solve problems and can explain their choices to others. As a result of this, children have the ability to demonstrate resilience, even when the task is challenging.