Maths at Colne Engaine
Fluency, reasoning and problem solving are the core aims of the National Curriculum and they are the focus of our maths learning at Colne Engaine. We want our children to be enthused by maths and to exercise a growth mindset when tackling new or difficult learning. We regularly use enquiry and rich contexts linked to other areas of the curriculum, to spark curiosity to drive learning. We present tasks that will challenge the children to think and to recognise the value of maths as a lifelong skill.
The basis for the programme of study is the National Mathematics Curriculum, which provides us with the learning objectives for each year group. The emphasis is placed on a thorough grounding of basic concepts, whilst developing investigative minds capable of problem solving.
We use the White Rose scheme of work to teach Maths. White Rose teaches children mathematical concepts through pictoral, practical and written methods in order to develop a deep understanding, confidence and competence in Maths and improve fluency. Fluency in Maths is about developing number sense and being able to choose and use the most appropriate method for the task at hand and be able to apply a skill to multiple contexts. It uses the CPA (Concrete, Pictorial, Abstact) approach, which is a highly effective approach to teaching that develops a deep and sustainable understanding of maths in pupils.
White Rose Maths have teamed up with TV presenter, teacher and parent Michael Underwood to bring you a mini-series called Maths with Michael. We understand that many parents feel like maths has changed and can sometimes find it difficult to keep up to date with modern teaching methods in maths.
Follow the link below to watch a short video about White Rose Maths and common questions parents ask.
We also use a wide other resources to support White Rose Hub so that children’s experiences are broad.
The characteristics of our maths curriculum are;
An understanding of the important concepts and an ability to make connections within mathematics.
A broad range of skills in using and applying mathematics.
Fluent knowledge and recall of number facts and the number system.
The ability to show initiative in solving problems in a wide range of contexts, including the new or unusual.
The ability to think independently and to persevere when faced with challenges, showing a confidence of success.
The ability to embrace the value of learning from false starts
The ability to reason, generalise and make sense of solutions.
Fluency in performing written and mental calculations and mathematical techniques.
A wide range of mathematical vocabulary.
A commitment to and passion for maths.