At Penshurst CE Primary we understand the importance of teaching an ambitious, connected mathematics curriculum accessible to all pupils – right through from Reception to the end of Year 6.
We want pupils to become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, to be able to reason and to solve problems. Our curriculum embraces these National Curriculum aims, and provides guidance to help pupils to become:
We use the Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) approach to help pupils understand mathematics and to make connections between different representations.
we place great emphasis on mathematical language and questioning so pupils can discuss the mathematics they are doing, and so support them to take ideas further.
As well as being fluent mathematicians, we want pupils to love and learn more about mathematics.
At Penshurst CE Primary School, the maths curriculum is organised into distinct domains;
- Number and place value
- Addition and subtraction
- Multiplication and division
- Fractions, decimals and percentages
- Ratio and proportion
Pupils are encouraged to make connections across mathematical ideas to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems.
At Penshurst CE Primary, children study mathematics daily following the newly updated, mixed year group, White Rose Maths Scheme of Learning. WRM is a blocked scheme, which allows for depth and breadth of learning within each strand of mathematics. In mathetmatics like, like other subjects, we follow the model of explain, example, attempt, appy and challenge. This provides a small steps approach and allows pupils to make connections with prior learning.
As a small school our Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 classes are mixed and we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of:
- The needs of all pupils – adapting and aligning the curriculum to prior knowledge and addressing any gaps in learning
- The school’s class structure
As a result of approach to teaching mathematics we have a community of enthusiastic mathematicians who enjoy showcasing their developing skills. They are confident in taking risks and challenging word problems, as they are able to apply reasoning skills effectively. As a school community, students feel confident to discuss and share their thoughts ideas and strategies with others. Our attainment at the end of KS2 is broadly in line with the Kent and national averages.