At Amington Heath, children are taught mathematics through a carefully structured and curated spiral curriculum designed to build on prior learning and support retention over time – children therefore learn more and remember more. Through active lessons which maximise the use of concrete, pictorial and abstract representations, children develop a love and passion for working mathematically.
Our mathematics curriculum focuses on developing fluency, problem solving and reasoning skills in order to support pupils in the mastery of the subject. Whilst following the national curriculum and Development Matters in EYFS, these key objectives are broken down into key steps in learning where children revisit their learning regularly.
Our mathematics teaching in the EYFS, uses a mixture of continuous provision challenges, next step planning, small group work, Snappy Maths and our very own spiral Numberblocks curriculum. Each setting from N1 to Reception, have key knowledge and vocabulary mapped out. This is also supplemented through a range of mathematic songs. Through these wide-ranging mathematical experiences, pupils develop a secure understanding of number and achieve well by the end of reception.
Throughout year 1-year 6, pupils access 4 weekly Arithmetic lessons and 5 weekly mathematics lessons. These lessons follow our spiral curriculum to delve deeper into learning and support retention over time. To support this further a calculation policy maps out carefully the progression within the four operations and fractions.
Arithmetic lessons follow the following structure to support pupils fluency and respond to assessment for learning:
High 5- 5 quick questions linked to the spiral objects and/or areas of focus for the cohort.
Flashcard recognition – numbers and subitising in KS1 and Properties of shape in KS2
TT rockstars- to develop a mastery over multiplication and corresponding division facts.
Active practice of the mental strategy of the week.
Mathematic lessons consist of a mental starter (to develop fluency and precision) and a main focus. Each unit of mathematics learning begins with a carousel assessment for learning lesson which recaps essential prior knowledge. The remainder of the unit focus on developing understanding through our STAR approach.
S- See it – explore good models of the mathematics skill
T- Try it – try examples use CPA (concrete, pictorial and abstract)
A- Apply it- to real life problems and contexts
R- Reason it – explain their mathematical thinking
Each unit then finishes with an end of unit quiz to assess understanding and inform future work.
Link to calculation policy
Within mathematic teaching, scaffolding is maximised to support learning as well as careful adult deployment. Interventions in key aspects of learning may be provided within the lesson to maximise pupil progress. Assessment for learning is used carefully to inform pink pen tasks and High 5 in order to close any gaps or develop confidence further.
In addition, all pupils have access to online practice of their key number facts and timetables through Numbots and TTrockstars.
Mathematics at home
Pupils are also able to access our range of calculation maths videos on our school youtube channel.
Children at Amington Heath make great progress in Mathematics with 75% of children in 2023 achieving the expected standard or higher by the end of KS2 (compared to 73% nationally 2023 ). In addition, 25% achieved the higher standard (compared to 23% nationally 2023).
In 2023 the year 4 multiplication check, 28.5% achieved full marks in their screener (compared to 27% nationally 2022)
Further information on outcomes can be found here.