At Cubitt Town Junior School, we aim to develop a real love and understanding of maths. Children receive five hours of dedicated maths learning, as well as lessons that integrate maths across the wider curriculum, such as using measurement skills in science lessons or geometry in art.
Lesson objectives are taken from the National Curriculum and most are revisited across the year to ensure children become secure in them. Lessons are designed so that children become fluent in key mathematical skills, such as being able to quickly recall number bonds and times tables. In addition, regular problem-solving lessons help our children develop their reasoning and problem-solving skills in a variety of contexts.
The majority of children will move through the programmes of study at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress are always based on the security of children’s understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Children who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged by working with increasingly sophisticated problems. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material are able to consolidate their understanding before moving on, whether through repeated teaching or targeted interventions.
A written calculation policy and mental maths policy are used to ensure progression through the year groups. Regular formative assessment takes place through each unit of work and is evident in children’s books; teachers record this assessment against the objectives taken from the National Curriculum. Termly formative assessments are also used to help support teachers’ judgements.