Maths Curriculum Rationale
At Hadrian Primary School, we value Mathematics. We are MATHEMATICIANS! We want our children to understand that Maths is essential to everyday life: critical to science, technology and engineering, and a necessary life skill. We want our children to grow up with a deep understanding of mathematics, applying it to their chosen career paths as accountants, air craft engineers, teachers, gaming directors and more! We value our vision - Being unique: believing, achieving, succeeding together - using this to guide and influence our learning. We want our children to leave Hadrian feeling not only confident but with memories of Maths that spark joy and encourage a life-long positive relationship with the the subject.
Here at Hadrian it is of paramount importance to ensure that our children have the best possible grounding in mathematics during their time with us. With this in mind, we aim to spark a curiosity and excitement for maths learning, while instilling confidence and knowledge in children as they embark on their journey to mastering the maths curriculum. Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive for all abilities and needs, providing support and challenge as needed.
At Hadrian Primary the three aims of the Primary Maths Curriculum are at the heart of everything we do, these are:
For example: Every day we start our Maths lessons with a 'Flashback 4' task. This is a series of quick questions covering something from the previous lesson, last week and then topics from earlier in the year – maybe even last year! This encourages children to constantly refer back to their previously learnt knowledge and skills, ensuring multiple opportunities to look at topics again in new contexts. This enables teachers to support students who have struggled with a topic to spend more time reconsidering and developing their understanding, as well as identifying any 'problem' areas.
Children from Reception to Year 4 follow the Power Maths programme: the most recently recommended programme to meet the criteria for high-quality teaching of mastery in England. In years 5 and 6, children are continuing to use White Rose Maths to develop a deeper understanding of maths mastery.
All of our resources follow an exciting growth mind set and problem-solving approach. All children are encouraged to believe in their ability to master maths and are empowered to succeed through curiosity and persistence, while tackling the same concepts at the same time and progressing together as a whole class. The 'small step approach' allows children to keep up not catch up.
*Since the pandemic, teachers have been using the NCETM Ready-to Progress materials to help support the children in addressing the key facts/knowledge needed to progress into the next academic year.
What does it look like?
Following the units set out by White Rose, children are given the opportunity to work in small steps, building upon their prior knowledge and creating a concrete understanding of the learning taking place. Each session is designed to develop questions designed to unpick the structure of the maths and deepen the children’s understanding. When children talk about maths concepts, they develop the vital mathematical language that helps them explain their ideas.
Here at Hadrian, we are constantly looking for ways to improve and engage in our learning.
We have been lucky to be part of a 2 year program that helped us to develop a mastery approach to maths across the school. So far, we love the new ways to engage our learners and master the stages of maths.
We aim to focus on five key elements within our maths sessions whilst introducing the new approach - they are:
1. Language and communication
2. Precise mathematical vocabulary
3. Stem sentences
5. Answering in full sentences
'The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a key stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The purpose of the MTC is to make sure the times tables knowledge is at the expected level.
The MTC is an online test were the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 2 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.' (Timestables.co.uk)
A good way to prepare is start early and build a daily routine practising the times tables. With regular practise you will learn all the questions and gain confidence. We suggest practising 10 to 15 minutes a day for optimal results.
Here are some links that you can follow to help support learning at home:
For more information about the check, what it all means for your child and ways to support them please follow the link.
At Hadrian, we pride ourselves on developing a set of skills within our learning. We build upon these skills from starting our learning journey right up to year 6. Each year group has a Basic Skills Road Map to show how the basic skills help children to progress throughout their time at Hadrian. Each year group has 6 progression points that children will pass on their road to success.
See below the Maths Curriculum Progression Road Map - use the link under the image to open the document.
Maths homework is set weekly by the class teacher.
If your child is in need of support to complete their task, homework club is available on a Monday after school.