At Cullingworth we aim to inspire all children to reach their full academic potential. In mathematics this means ensuring a curriculum that is fully inclusive of all children which:
- Develops children’s knowledge and understanding of Mathematical concepts whilst enabling them to practice and hone skills and methods;
- Enables them to think critically and communicate their understanding;
- Gives them opportunities to apply learnt mathematical skills in different contexts across the curriculum.
- Provides opportunities to develop problem solving skills useful for maths and across the curriculum.
As a result of their learning in mathematics and problem solving across the curriculum children will:
- Be prepared for applying their skills effectively in everyday life situations, in their future learning and in the work place.
- Have the building blocks in place and to provide a solid foundation to lead onto secondary, further and higher education.
Through teaching with a problem solving approach, children will learn to understand, distil and clarify information; consider what they know that will help them to solve problems, realizing what they need to know next; create systems and strategies, organizing information in a way that helps find patterns and ultimately solutions and to communicate and present their findings effectively.
At Cullingworth we take the Mastery approach to our Maths teaching. We use the White Rose Maths Hub Mastery documents as the basis of our mathematics programme. These make sure that all the objectives in the National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014) are covered in detail. We strive to ensure that all pupils achieve their true potential in the key concepts of mathematics, appropriate for their age group, in order that they make genuine progress and avoid gaps in their understanding that provide barriers to learning as they move through education.
We aim to provide the pupils with a mathematics curriculum and high quality teaching to produce individuals who are Mathematical Thinkers. They will be numerate, creative, independent, inquisitive, enquiring and confident. We also aim to provide a stimulating environment and adequate resources so that pupils can develop their mathematical skills to the full.
With our teaching of mathematics we endeavour to:
- To promote enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning through practical activity, exploration and discussion.
- To develop logical thinking and reasoning skills through a natural curiosity and investigative approach.
- To nurture positive attitudes, confidence and competence by matching the task to the child.
- To celebrate achievements through high quality feedback. Peer and self assessment are an integral part of this feedback and children are taught the skills needed to effectively do this throughout the school.
- To develop the ability to solve problems through decision-making and reasoning in a range of contexts.
- To encourage the children to apply their learning to everyday situations so that children understand the importance of mathematical skills in everyday life.
- To explore features of shape and space, and develop measuring skills in a range of contexts placing importance on these skills.
- To consistently emphasize and develop use of mathematical vocabulary.
- To develop a practical understanding of the ways in which information is gathered and presented, including opportunities to record independently.
- To challenge children through high expectations and equip children with the skills needed to rise to the challenge.