St Anne's Catholic Primary School

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Mathematics Intent Statement

Maths at St. Anne’s Catholic Primary:


Why our Maths curriculum looks like this:

We value a maths curriculum that is creative and engaging. All children to have access to this curriculum and to make progress in lessons. Our children need to develop the necessary skills to make them “deep thinkers” acquiring maths skills that can be recalled quickly and transferred and applied in different contexts. They need to be able to make rich connections across the areas of maths and use their knowledge in other subjects. Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and we want our children to know the purpose behind their learning and to apply their knowledge to their everyday lives.


How Maths is taught at St. Anne’s:

Here are St Anne’s we follow the Lancashire Maths Planning resources in order to ensure that our children have full coverage of the Maths National Curriculum and to allow our children to revisit topics several times over the year allowing their knowledge to embed. All children are catered for within the maths lessons ensuring that the teacher offers the necessary support and challenge for each individual to make progress. We ensure that maths is taught in creative and engaging lessons using a wide array of maths manipulatives to aid and support our children in their learning. ICT is used widely across each year group to deliver the maths curriculum and to offer our pupils a range of exciting activities to challenge and inspire.We aim to encourage the deepest of learning for our children so that their knowledge can be transferred and applied in many contexts including other subjects e.g. science and art and their everyday lives. Maths is widely promoted across the school and our classrooms have working walls that the children can utilise to support their learning and provide extra challenge.

Our aim is to ensure that the three core areas of the national curriculum are covered in all our lessons: fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We offer the children the opportunity to have varied and frequent practice of their maths skills with the focus on their ability to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately. Reasoning is a key area in all our lessons as our children need to be able to

Describe, explain, convince, justify and prove to be successful in this subject. Mathematical vocabulary is an essential part of each lesson and the children need to understand this within the area they are studying and be able to make rich connections across other areas within this subject. Each lesson provides children with the opportunity to reason through their ideas, use their mathematical language to explore a line of enquiry and problem solve routine and non-routine problems.

We hope to build problem-solvers of the future and build resilience in our children; essential skills they can use in all aspects of their learning. Here at St Anne’s we offer a wealth of enrichment activities to promote maths within our children’s lives including extra-curricular maths clubs and dedicated maths weeks in school.

Structure of a Maths Lesson

The teachers have a flexible approach to the structure of their lesson so that they can reach the needs of an ambitious maths curriculum.

However all maths lessons must have the following key elements:

  1. Skills practice
  2. Hook
  3. Modelling by the teacher
  4. Independent activity
  5. Plenary/mini review

All lessons will cater for the individual needs of the children and to include some element of reasoning and problem solving. Questioning is a key part of the maths lesson – letting the children demonstrate what they know and challenging them every step.

  • The new addition to the maths lesson for 2019-2020 is the “Hook” element. This is usually introduced at the start of the maths lesson. They are linked to the lesson objective and are an introductory activity for pupils to explore independently and in groups or pairs. All children are expected to “have a go”.
  • Hooks are an opportunity for children to reason and think mathematically from the start of the lesson and provide the teacher with the chance to listen to and observe pupil’s mathematical thinking.