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Calder Vale St John C of E Primary School

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At Calder Vale St John’s Primary School, we believe that mathematics is a fundamental part of everyday life for people all over the world and across a wide range of different cultures. It helps us understand many aspects of the world around us and live independently both as children and in our future lives.

National Curriculum Purpose of Study

Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries, providing the solution to some of history’s most intriguing problems. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education therefore provides a foundation for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically, an appreciation of the beauty and power of mathematics, and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.

Our Curriculum

To ensure our pupils have the best possible start in their mathematical journey, our curriculum is designed to progress in a well-planned and considered sequence. It builds upon prior learning in order to make mathematical learning stick in our pupils’ memory. This allows us to constantly challenge our pupils, regardless of their mathematical ability, and inspire our young mathematicians to: develop a love of learning; know and remember more each day and excel from the challenges they are given.

Our Approach

Our curriculum is mapped out in a way that allows for our pupils to developing a deep sense of understanding about each area of mathematics and work in small steps to help build on their prior learning. We follow an approach that blocks related content in larger units of work and we use daily ‘Sticky Learning’ at the beginning of lessons to ensure that our children revisit and consolidate their learning across the whole curriculum. Within our lessons, we provide children with opportunities to use concrete apparatus to explore the concepts (wherever appropriate), before moving onto pictorial and then more abstract representations. In each lesson, we have a variety of fluency activities to build confidence in calculating and intertwine reasoning and problem-solving throughout the teaching and independent work. We believe that all children should be able to apply their learning in a variety of ways which then relate to their lives and the world around them.

Curriculum Mapping