At Mount Pleasant Primary School, our maths curriculum aims to ensure all pupils are fluent in both fact recall and mathematical content. We see it as vital that pupils understand the mathematical content of an area of maths before working on linked problems. Our lessons reflect this in that we have dedicated problem-solving lessons once fluency is secure. This approach allows us to ensure all pupils are fluent but it also ensures all pupils have the chance to become competent and resilient problem-solvers.
We understand that success in maths begins in EYFS and that it is all about quantity and arrangement. We encourage pupils to subitise before and alongside counting so that they develop a strong understanding of both how numbers are composed but also how they can be decomposed. Pattern and spatial awareness are also key parts of our maths teaching and curriculum in EYFS.
As a school, we know that this understanding of number gained in EYFS needs to translate into pupils becoming fluent in key addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts and to this end we use Number Sense in KS1and have put in place a fully planned curriculum for mental calculation strategies in KS2. Children in both key stages have daily fifteen minute lessons on this. Alongside this we have a dedicated program for teaching and assessing multiplication table facts in Years 1 to 4.
Our new maths learning (in our main maths lessons) is built around a block design where maths skills are fully mastered by all pupils. To ensure pupils understand mathematical content we work from concrete (where appropriate) through pictorial to abstract representations. We ensure pupils are fluent across a range of varied representations.
We view reasoning as being throughout maths and put a firm emphasis on discussion and oral rehearsal of reasoning before transferring it into written responses where appropriate.
Long Term Planning
Medium Term Planning
Times -tables Plan
Daily Tables Grid
Problem Solving Lesson