A broad and balanced curriculum…maths for life!
"Mathematics is a creative and highly inter-connected discipline that has been developed over centuries. It is essential to everyday life, critical to science, technology and engineering, and necessary for financial literacy and most forms of employment.”
Department for Education September 2013
At Keyham Barton we aim to provide our children with a wide mathematical experience taught in an enjoyable, relevant and creative way.
We aim to ensure that all pupils become fluent in the fundamentals of maths (recalling and applying knowledge rapidly and accurately); reason mathematically using mathematical language and solve real life problems by breaking them down into a series of simpler steps.
Our Programmes of Study come from the National Curriculum for Mathematics. They include: - Number, Measures, Geometry and Statistics (data). All areas require children to be able to use and apply mathematics effectively and efficiently.
Mathematics is taught daily in discrete lessons and also in a cross-curricular approach when appropriate.
All lessons are differentiated to meet the individual needs of each child. There are opportunities for whole class teaching, group work, paired work and individual work. Teaching assistants support in these activities, feeding back to teachers to inform ‘next steps’.
Pupils are encouraged to try different strategies that best suit their learning. They are given opportunities to discuss their methods and are encouraged to use the appropriate mathematical vocabulary. To develop a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils we use CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract). The CPA approach builds on children's existing knowledge by introducing abstract concepts in a concrete and tangible way. It involves moving from concrete materials to pictorial representations, to abstract symbols and problems.
“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”