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Maths

Curriculum Intent

Elmhurst School is dedicated to enabling children to recognise the importance of mathematics in the wider world so that they are able to use their mathematical skills and knowledge confidently in a variety of situations in their lives. We want all children to enjoy mathematics and to develop a deep and sustained conceptual understanding so that they can experience success in the subject. ​At Elmhurst, we have the highest expectations for every learner; we want our pupils to master maths rather than having only surface knowledge and skills in this subject.  ​

A mathematical concept or skill has been mastered when, through exploration, clarification, practice and application over time a student can represent it in multiple ways.  Mastery means that pupils can think mathematically with the concept so that they can independently apply it to a totally new problem in an unfamiliar situation.​

At the core of our curriculum is the CONCRETE, PICTORIAL and ABSTRACT 

approach to maths.​

  • Concrete – children have the opportunity to use concrete objects to help them understand and explain what they are doing.​

  • Pictorial – children then build on this concrete approach by using pictorial representations, which can then be used to reason and solve problems.​

  • Abstract – With the foundations firmly laid, children can move to an abstract approach using numbers and key concepts with confidence.​

Curriculum Content

Each year group covers several National Curriculum objectives in each strand of Maths over the course of the school year. ​

Curriculum Implementation

At Elmhurst we use Power Maths as tool to deliver the requirements of a mastery curriculum.  Power Maths is a whole-class mastery programme that is designed to spark curiosity and excitement and help teachers nurture confidence in maths.​ It is recommended by the DfE, having met the NCETM’s criteria for high-quality textbooks, and have been judged as “fully delivering a mastery approach”. ​

It is the only mastery programme perfectly aligned to the White Rose Maths progressions and schemes of learning; it’s written specifically for UK classrooms by leading mastery experts.​

Teachers use this as a basis for all lessons and then subsidise with work from ​

other sources, e.g. White Rose, NCETM, Nrich, Classroom Secrets, ​Deepening Understanding etc. ​

We have a detailed calculation policy which has been written in line with the programmes of study taken from the revised National Curriculum for Mathematics (2014). It provides guidance on appropriate calculation methods and progression. The content is set out in stage blocks under the following headings: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Key Instant Recall Facts

Each half term children will be sent home with a new set of Key Instant Recall facts to practise and learn off by heart at home.  

Times Table Rock Stars and Numbots

These are online apps, which when played little and often will significantly improve children's recall and understanding of a range of areas in Maths. Numbots will help develop the recall of number bonds and addition and subtraction facts while Times Table Rocks Stars (TTRS) focuses on the rapid recall of multiplication facts up to and including 12 x 12. 

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