"Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalm 25:5)
Our aim is to nurture an enduring love of Maths in our children. We do this by embedding fluency skills to enable children to develop their confidence, knowledge and understanding. We want our children to believe they "can do" Maths and feel excited and engaged by the challenges it has to offer. Maths is the foundation for understanding the world and the gateway for accessing our wider curriculum; its importance and relevance in today's world is everywhere. We aspire that our children will become mathematicians for life!
At St Joseph’s, we aim to offer the best provision and teaching of Maths possible for all the children in our school. We are aware that Maths is a core skill in everyday life so we strive to provide the children with a solid understanding that will benefit them both at secondary school and beyond. St. Joseph’s teaches the National Curriculum through the White Rose Maths scheme of learning. Topics are taught in blocks, with understanding being revisited throughout the year. On occasions, to meet the needs of the children in their classes, teachers may use their professional discretion and target other areas of Maths.
The teaching within the Foundation Stage is focused on developing the children’s solid foundations as they begin their learning journeys at St. Joseph’s, with the White Rose scheme of learning having been carefully developed to ensure children meet the Early Learning Goals.
From Y1 to Y6 statutory requirements of the National Curriculum in Mathematics will be met by fully implementing the National Curriculum objectives through the use of the White Rose Maths Hub Scheme of Work and Mastery planning documents. The supporting calculation policies, illustrate strategies and methods outlined in the National Curriculum and that are taught from Reception to Year 6. It is also important to read the Foundation Curriculum Framework which highlights the Early Learning Goals and the guide of progression in the Reception year.
Maths Policies & Statutory Documents
Key Maths Facts
Problem solving at The Grammar School at Leeds
On the 19th June, four or our Year 5 mathematicians had a fun filled morning testing their problem solving skills against other school children at The Grammar School at Leeds.
Practical Maths lessons play a crucial role in our children's learning, in particular in Reception and KS1. When new concepts are introduced, the children will use concrete objects to help them to understand what they are doing. They use these alongside pictorial representations. This helps to prepare and support their understanding of abstract methods that follow.
Reasoning and Problem Solving
To help develop our Year 5's reasoning and problem solving skills, and to have fun with Maths, we had an amazing day out at Mathscity. There were thirty practical puzzles which we were able to handle, move around and try to solve. We worked together to create unusual patterns, mind bending shapes and all sorts of problems. The grand finale was when we worked together to create a Leonardo Dome: a huge, curved dome just from short, straight pieces of wood. It was so big that twenty of us could fit underneath it!
Supporting Your Child at Home
At St Joseph's, the Maths curriculum is taught mainly using the White Rose Maths scheme. They provide excellent resources which support the learning that is taking place in class.
The attached document is a step-by-step guide to accessing these resources.