At Hebburn Lakes Primary School, we believe that Mathematics is an important part of children’s development from an early age and should continue throughout school. We believe that children are far more confident, successful, and resilient learners, if they have a deep and lasting understanding of the building blocks of the number system. As such, we have introduced a mastery based curriculum, drawing insight, training, and support from a Maths Hub specialist. We have introduced the White Rose Maths scheme, designed for all children from Reception to Year 6.
We intend to deliver a curriculum which will:
- Allow children to be part of creative and engaging lessons that will give them a range of opportunities to EXPLORE mathematics using the White Rose Maths mastery curriculum approach.
- Support each pupil by giving them a chance to BELIEVE in themselves as mathematicians and to develop the power of resilience and perseverance when faced with mathematical challenges.
- Reject the idea that some people just “can’t do maths,” as it is too difficult.
At Hebburn Lakes Primary, we recognise that mathematics underpins much of our daily lives and therefore is of paramount importance so that children ASPIRE to become successful in the next stages of their learning. We encourage and engage all children, entitling them to the same quality of teaching and learning opportunities across our school community.
We aim for all pupils to:
- Become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, making rich conceptual connections across mathematical ideas, developing understanding and the ability to rapidly recall and apply an ever increasing bank of known number facts.
- Be able to solve increasingly sophisticated problems, applying mathematical reasoning and competency when doing so.
- Reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry and developing and presenting a justification, argument or proof using mathematical language.
- Have an appreciation of number and number operations, which enables mental calculations and written procedures to be performed efficiently, fluently, and accurately, in order to be successful in mathematics.
At Hebburn Lakes Primary we provide equal opportunities for children to apply their mathematical knowledge to other subjects , ensuring that this learning is in line with the expectations of the National Curriculum 2014.
It is our belief that all children can become confident mathematicians, with a deep understanding of mathematical reasoning. We use mistakes and misconceptions as an essential part of learning and provide challenges through rich and sophisticated problems. In order for this to be implemented successfully, we will ensure that we follow the National Curriculum and use White Rose Maths overviews and progression grids, which are aligned to the outcomes of the NCETM. Problem solving, fluency and relational understanding, which are at the heart of the scheme, encourages the teachers to use the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach and allows pupils to spend enough time to fully explore a topic, reinforcing it with practice, before moving onto the next one. All ideas are built on previous knowledge and pupils have ample opportunity to develop connections between topics. When teaching a new unit, we consider key questions and mathematical vocabulary relevant to each lesson and across the unit; using working walls to display and reinforce these.
The mastery approach incorporates the use of concrete resources, pictures, words, and numbers to help children explore and demonstrate mathematical ideas, which then enrich children’s learning experiences and deepens understanding at all levels.
Assessment for Learning is fundamental to raising standards and enabling children to reach their potential. Teacher judgements are triangulated and secured through the use of formative and summative assessment.
As a result of a clearly structured and progressive Mastery curriculum, children at Hebburn Lakes will be confident mathematicians who solve problems, generate a rich vocabulary and have a fluent and interconnected approach to Mathematics. Mastering maths means pupils acquiring a deep, long-term, secure and adaptable understanding of the subject.