Our Curriculum Areas
Maths At West Haddon
At West Haddon we believe that maths is essential to everyday life and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment. A high-quality mathematics education provides a platform for understanding the world, the ability to reason mathematically and a sense of enjoyment and curiosity about the subject.
We follow, The national curriculum for Mathematics (2014) to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, use relationships and generalisations, and develop an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.
The expectation is that the majority of pupils will move through the programmes of study for each year group at broadly the same pace. However, decisions about when to progress is always based on the security of pupils’ understanding and their readiness to progress to the next stage. Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly will be challenged through being offered sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. We aim to do this by providing a Wow step through our differentiated steps to success for a lesson which the children select for themselves. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material will consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Sometimes this may be completed through intervention work with an adult at a time either within the lesson or outside of it.