Maths in St Thomas Becket offers a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils and is successfully adapted, designed and developed for all to become fluent in the fundamentals of the mathematics, learn to reason mathematically and be able to solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication. We ensure that children have access to a high quality maths curriculum that is both challenging and enjoyable.
Maths curriculum in St Thomas Becket is coherently planned and sequenced through a careful planning of maths curriculum maps for every year group and is based on National Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum. The learning and teaching of maths takes into account all the children, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities through thorough and rigorous planning and assessment. Teachers offer Quality First Teaching to all pupils through their expert knowledge of the subject as well as presenting information clearly and encouraging appropriate discussion.
Daily sessions of Big Maths in years 1 to 6 and Little Maths in Reception support all students to develop fluency in performing key mathematical skills so they become second nature. Weekly CLIC and Learn-its tests challenge our pupils to master the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
Abacus, WhiteRose, Test Base and NCETM support the development of reasoning and high-order thinking skills through rich connections across mathematical ideas, developing the mathematical vocabulary and presenting a mathematical justification, argument or proof. As a school we are looking into a range of approaches such as concrete, pictorial and abstract to embed key concepts in maths. Rich mathematical experiences are used so that pupils experience a variety of increasingly challenging problems in a variety of contexts. The children are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to science, computing and other subjects.
Pupils who grasp concepts rapidly are challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content. Those who are not sufficiently fluent with earlier material should consolidate their understanding, including through additional practice, before moving on. Regular maths homework, including on-line maths games, also contribute to supporting our pupils with reinforcement of the maths skills for their year group.
As a school we celebrate maths learning wherever possible, for example in taking part in the annual Maths QuizClub with other schools.
We are proud of the positive relationships between staff and parents which helps to ensure a positive and fulfilled environment for all children. Our aim is to help our pupils become confident mathematicians who are not afraid to take risks; develop as independent learners with inquisitive minds and an interest in self-improvement.