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Maths Aims & Objectives

Mathematics equips pupils with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world. These tools include number fluency, logical reasoning, problem-solving skills and the ability to think in abstract ways. It is a creative subject which, when taught well, can stimulate moments of pleasure and wonder.
At Stag Lane mathematics is taught daily as a discrete subject but teachers exploit as many opportunities as they can to highlight and teach mathematical skills across the curriculum so that pupils understand and appreciate the relevance and importance of mathematics.
At Stag Lane Primary, we aim to deliver the National Curriculum through the Teaching for Mastery approach. Our philosophy is one of a growth mindset and our goal is for every child to engage in meaningful maths in every lesson so they feel confident and enthused about their learning and their abilities in general. Using the Whiterose planning materials, combined with ongoing formative assessment by teachers, children will progress through each strand of mathematics in small, carefully constructed steps building on prior knowledge and developing a deepening understanding of each mathematical concept. 
One of the most significant ways that deep understanding is achieved is by exploring concepts using the CPA approach to expose their underlying structure:
Concrete: using hands-on manipulatives (counters, cubes etc.) to introduce a concept
Pictorial: using pictures and drawings to represent the concept in a variety of ways
Abstract: understanding problems written in the form of calculations e.g. 4 x 4 = 12
All children will have regular, meaningful access to concrete materials right the way through the school.   These, along with their related pictorial representations are used to further understanding of concepts.  They may be used to aid calculations initially but children are expected to be moved on to visualise these representations mentally so that they do not become reliant on specific resources.
Numerical fluency is a skill which is acquired through being taught mathematics effectively.  It is a proficiency which involves confidence and competence with numbers and measures. Numerical fluency is incorporated into each lesson to ensure skills are regularly practised to automaticity so that pupils can draw upon these with ease when problem-solving.  There is an emphasis on understanding through procedural and conceptual variation (eg  subtraction as ‘take away/count back as well as ‘difference’). 
Through our approach to the teaching of maths we aim to achieve high standards of number fluency in all our pupils, flexibility of methods and the ability to apply number and computational skills across the curriculum and in daily life, and an appreciation of mathematics in general.
As teachers of Mathematics at Stag Lane Primary we aim to:
  • continually raise the standards of attainment (Average standardised score of our Yr. 6 in 2019 SATS was 110) ;
  • ensure that every pupil makes excellent progress through mastery of the various concepts in the curriculum (in 2019 SATS our progress score was 4.8 which is deemed ;well above average’);
  • provide a relevant, challenging and reasoning-centred curriculum;
  • enable each pupil to develop not only the mathematics skills and understanding required for later life but also an enthusiasm and fascination about maths itself.
In order to achieve these aims we will:
  • make full use of any government materials or related guidance for teaching mathematics;
  • make full use of up-to-date research into effective teaching and learning of mathematics;
  • plan, deliver and promote mathematics which develops pupil’s imagination, initiative and flexibility of mind;
  • build pupils’ confidence by modelling and encouraging a growth mindset and creating an “I can do this” and ‘we learn from our mistakes’ ethos in the classroom;
  • encourage pupils to work systematically and to show a respect for accuracy and meaning;
  • develop mental imagery by way of the CPA approach; 
  • make pupils aware that many cultures have contributed to the development and application of mathematics;
  • use the Internet and the available ICT software as a resource to promote the enjoyment of maths;
  • provide additional and immediate support for those pupils who have not understood a specific concept well through the daily ‘Keep Up’ sessions run by teaching assistants;
  • maintain links with local schools to share ideas and resources;
  • provide enrichment including cross-curricular maths weeks and preparation and entry into national competitions.

Progression of Skills